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S. Korean Shim wins women's overall title at short track world championships

SEOUL, March 17 (Yonhap) -- South Korean teenager Shim Suk-hee was crowned the women's overall champion at the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Montreal on Sunday. Shim earned 102 total points by virtue of winning three races, becoming the first South Korean overall champ in the women's competition since Cho Ha-ri in 2011. Another South Korean, Park Seung-hi, finished second overall with 73 points.

Olympic short track medalists say still work to be done this season

SEOUL, March 3 (Yonhap) -- They may have come home with medals from the recently concluded Winter Olympics, but South Korea's short track speed skaters said Monday their season is far from over. Park Seung-hi, a double gold medalist from the Sochi Winter Games last month, was among five short trackers to receive financial rewards for their performances from the Korea Skating Union (KSU). Park was on the gold medal-winning team with four others in the women's 3,000m relay, and added another gold medal in the 1,000m and the bronze medal in the 500m.

Rugby Union: O'Neill quits as World Cup director

Australian John O'Neill has quit as director of the 2015 Rugby World Cup citing personal reasons, the International Rugby Board (IRB) said on Tuesday. O'Neill, a former chief of the Australian Rugby Union as well as the Football Federation Australia, confirmed his departure was effective immediately. He held the role since March 2012 and IRB chairman Bernard Lapasset said in a statement he "reluctantly accepted" the resignation.

Zubkov completes double with four-man gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - Russian Alexander Zubkov secured a golden finale for the Sochi Games hosts on Sunday by adding the Olympic four-man bobsleigh crown to his two-man title. Zubkov held on to his slim overnight lead to take gold by nine hundredths of a second ahead of Latvia's Oskars Melbardis. American Steve Holcomb, the 2010 champion, won bronze, three hundredths of a second ahead of Russian Alexander Kasjanov in the RUS-2 sled.

Olympics: Crashes and injuries, a winter's tale

While the Sochi Olympics produced numerous thrills and spills, with dreams made and others shattered, it was also a painful time, physically, for many competitors. Crashes, injuries and with athletes stretchered off pistes were a common feature of these Games, not least at the Extreme Park, where snowboarding and freestyle skiing called home these past two weeks.

Olympics: South Korea demand figure skate gold probe

South Korea have demanded a review of the controversial Olympic Games women's figure skating competition which saw national heroine Kim Yu-Na beaten to gold by Russia's Adelina Sotnikova. Defending Olympic champion Kim was relegated to the silver medal position by the Russian 17-year-old in Thursday's free skate despite putting in an error-free performance to be beaten by 5.48 points. It was a decision which prompted accusations of judges being influenced by the passionate support of the crowd to guarantee a victory for the host nation.

Olympics: Hirscher eyes slalom gold, S. Korea wants Kim skate probe

Marcel Hirscher hopes to add Olympic slalom gold to his world title Saturday while South Korea demanded a review into the controversial figure skating event that saw Kim Yu-Na deposed as champion. Hirscher, 24, faces likely competition from Felix Neureuther of Germany and Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen but insists he feels no pressure despite finishing fourth in the giant slalom -- a race that was expected to bring him his first Olympic medal.

Olympics: Russia's Ahn tears up short track record books

Record-breaking Russian short track speed skater Victor Ahn won two more Olympic golds on Friday to take his tally to six -- the highest in the sport's history. South Korean-born Ahn won his first medal of the night in the 500m, overcoming a slow start to skate to victory, buoyed by a partisan home crowd at the Iceberg Skating Palace. Minutes later he was part of a four-man team that edged the United States to take gold in the 5,000m relay in an Olympic record time.

Olympics: Sotnikova deserved gold, angry Russians insist

Adelina Sotnikova's coaches hit back Friday at suggestions the dramatic victory of Russia's first ever women's Olympic figure skating champion was the result of a voting stitch-up in favour of the Games hosts. The 17-year-old surged to her first major title ahead of South Korean defending champion Kim Yu-Na and Italy's Carolina Kostner on a night of drama and controversy at the Iceberg Skating Palace.

(Olympics) Experts, fans up in arms over Sochi figure skating judging

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 21 (Yonhap) -- The stunning defeat of South Korean figure skating star Kim Yu-na in the ladies' singles competition at the Sochi Winter Games has left fans and experts, both at her home and abroad, up in arms about judging in one of the marquee events at the sporting event. Kim, the 2010 Olympic champ, fell shy of winning her second straight gold on Thursday in Russia, settling for silver with 219.11 points in total, 5.48 points behind the upstart Russian, Adelina Sotnikova.
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