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Lviv 2022 to meet IOC on Ukraine bid's future

By Karolos Grohmann (Reuters) - The Lviv 2022 Winter Olympics bid team will meet the International Olympic Committee (IOC) "as soon as possible" to decide whether the troubled Ukrainian candidacy can meet its commitments as the country faces turmoil. In a statement sent to Reuters, Lviv officials said the bid had essentially been put on hold ahead of the presidential elections in May as Russia moved to occupy parts of the country, including Crimea.

Olympics: IOC sanction Austrian, Pole for failed Sochi dope tests

Austrian cross country skier Johannes Duerr and Polish bobsleigher Daniel Zalewski were on Wednesday sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for failing drug controls at the Sochi Olympics. Duerr, 27, has been disqualified from the men's skiathlon in which he finished eighth after testing positive on February 22 for the banned substance recombinant erythropoietin (EPO). Zalewski tested positive for the stimulant phenethylamine on February 23, and has also been disqualified. The Polish four-man team placed 27th.

Olympics: Krakow to hold 2022 Olympics bid referendum

A referendum is to be held in Krakow on May 25 on the southern Polish city's candidature for the 2022 Winter Olympics. The decision to put Krakow's Games bid to its people was taken by the city council late Tuesday. Krakow mayor Jacek Majchrowski, an enthusiastic backer of the bid, declared recently: "I'm convinced that staging the Olympic Games will be an important step in the development of our city and its region. "But I believe the decision must be taken by its residents."

Avalanche at Russia's Sochi ski resort kills two

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Two people were killed on Sunday when an avalanche swept down a slope at the Sochi ski resort where the 2014 Winter Olympics alpine events were held, Russian officials said. Rescuers found the bodies of two women beneath the snow after the midday avalanche on a slope called Labyrinth at Rosa Khutor, the resort said on its website. "Despite all efforts to revive them, they could not be saved," it said. The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry confirmed two people were killed.

Olympics: Berlin considers bidding for 2024 Olympics

Germany's capital Berlin is considering bidding to host the 2024 Olympic Games, the city's mayor Klaus Wowereit said Wednesday. "Berlin meets the requirements to host the Olympic games, all the sports facilities are already in place," Wowereit said. Any bid by the capital would need to be backed by German's top sports bodies and receive support from the local population. Last November, the city of Munich rejected a bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in a referendum. Wowereit has said he would not embark on bringing an Olympics to Berlin at any cost.

Russia coach Bilyaletdinov steps down: federation

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia men's ice hockey head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov is stepping down following the team's poor performance at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, the national federation said on Wednesday. "I think it will be the right decision if someone else is in charge of the national team," Bilyaletdinov told reporters after a meeting with officials.

Kim Yu-na's figure skating most memorable in Sochi Olympics: poll

SEOUL, Feb. 26 (Yonhap) -- Figure skater Kim Yu-na staged the most memorable performance among South Korean athletes during the Sochi Olympics, but the judging controversy over her silver medal gave Koreans a negative impression of the Russian-held event, a poll showed Wednesday. According to the phone survey of 606 South Koreans, taken by Korea Gallup on Monday and Tuesday, 55 percent said they were most impressed by the iconic figure skating star who put together a flawless short program and free skate over two pressure-packed days.

Kim Yu-na's figure skating most memorable in Sochi Olympics: poll

SEOUL, Feb. 26 (Yonhap) -- Figure skater Kim Yu-na staged the most memorable performance among South Korean athletes during the Sochi Olympics, but the judging controversy over her silver medal gave Koreans a negative impression of the Russian-held event, a poll showed Wednesday. According to the phone survey of 606 South Koreans, taken by Korea Gallup on Monday and Tuesday, 55 percent said they were most impressed by the iconic figure skating star who put together a flawless short program and free skate over two pressure-packed days.

Canadian athletes show off medals as they return home from Sochi Olympics

TORONTO - There were hugs, cheers and even some tears as a number of Canadian Olympians stepped back onto home soil Monday after an exhilarating two weeks of competition at the Sochi Games. Medallists Dara Howell and Mike Riddle were among the athletes greeted by a wave of applause and a wall of flashing cameras as they arrived at Pearson International Airport. Howell, who won gold in women's slopestyle skiing in the sport's Olympic debut, said it felt wonderful to be home.

Olympics: Putin's Sochi Games to close, Russia top medals

Sochi's $50 billion Olympics close Sunday with Russia hailing a Games closely wrapped up in the image of President Vladimir Putin and the country seizing first place in the medals table. Russia guaranteed top spot after a clean sweep of the men's 50km cross country race thanks to Alexander Legkov, Maxim Vylegzhanin and Ilia Chernousov. The hosts then hammered home their supremacy when Alexander Zubkov claimed his second gold in Sochi by leading the four-man bobsleigh team to victory.
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