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Sledding: Seavey captures second Iditarod title

Dallas Seavey won the Iditarod sled dog race for the second time, edging Ally Zirkle by two minutes and 21 seconds Tuesday to keep the title in the family. Seavey, a third-generation musher, became the youngest winner in Iditarod history two years ago at the age of 25 and his father, Mitch, became the oldest winner last year, capturing his second title at 53 after winning his first in 2004. This year, the younger Seavey charged from behind to reach the finish line in eight days, 13 hours, four minutes and 19 seconds.

(Olympics) S. Korean bobsledders hoping to close out Olympics on positive note

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 23 (Yonhap) -- South Korean men's bobsleigh teams are hoping to close out the Sochi Winter Olympics on a positive note on Sunday, the final day of the quadrennial extravaganza. A pair of four-man teams, one led by the pilot Won Yun-jong and the other by the pilot Kim Dong-hyun, ranked 20th and 29th among 30 teams after their first two races on Saturday. They are back for the final two races, and the combined times after all four races will determine the final standings.

(Olympics) S. Korean bobsledders hoping to close out Olympics on positive note

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 23 (Yonhap) -- South Korean men's bobsleigh teams are hoping to close out the Sochi Winter Olympics on a positive note on Sunday, the final day of the quadrennial extravaganza. A pair of four-man teams, one led by the pilot Won Yun-jong and the other by the pilot Kim Dong-hyun, ranked 20th and 29th among 30 teams after their first two races on Saturday. They are back for the final two races, and the combined times after all four races will determine the final standings.

Fear the beards? We love them, says Kripps

By Justin Palmer ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - They are easily distinguishable - four Canadian men with bushy beards creeping out from underneath their crash helmets. They could easily pass for lumberjacks if they were not bobsledders. It started as a way to help team bonding and the luxuriant whiskers have continued to sprout on the chins of Justin Kripps, Tim Randall, Bryan Barnett and James McNaughton - the four-man crew who make up the CAN-3 sled.

Late-night mechanics get Meyers back on track

By Justin Palmer ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - To say USA-1 driver Elana Meyers has had a rough rollercoaster ride at the Sochi Games would be an understatement. Quickest in three official training runs to underline her credentials as a gold medal contender, the American has also experienced the flip side of bobsleigh - twice crashing at the Sanki Sliding Centre.

Olympics: Tretiakov wins men's skeleton

Alexander Tretiakov of Russia earned his country's fourth gold medal of the Sochi Olympics on Saturday with victory in the men's skeleton. The 2013 world champion produced two more consistent rides to clock a combined time of 3min 44.29sec to finish 0.81sec ahead of second-placed two-time world champion Martins Dukurs of Latvia. "I felt huge happiness after crossing the finishing line in the fourth run," Tretiakov said.

F1 rivalry hots up on ice

By Alan Baldwin ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - Formula One technology has already helped Britain to skeleton gold at the Sochi Olympics and the bobsleigh competition will see McLaren, Ferrari and BMW take their track rivalry onto the ice as well. Like compatriot Amy Williams before her, Lizzy Yarnold's gold on Friday owed something to the assistance of McLaren Applied Technologies, part of the Formula One team's group of companies.

Jones clears the hurdles to cut it on ice

By Justin Palmer ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - It has taken time for American Lolo Jones to get to grips with the nuances and technical demands of bobsleigh but the marquee recruit from athletics to winter sports believes she is now at the right end of a "steep learning curve". Jones, competing at her first Winter Olympics as a brakeman in the USA-3 sled, said making the transition from hurdles to a bobsled track was not easy.

Olympics: Yarnold credits 'well-oiled machine' after skeleton win

Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold has paid tribute to the "well-oiled" British machine that keeps churning out medal winners after taking gold at the Sochi Games. Yarnold dominated the event on Thursday and Friday, topping all four heats to keep the gold in British hands after the triumph of Amy Williams at the 2010 Vancouver Games. It was the fourth skeleton medal in four Olympics for Britain, and Yarnold said a culture of winning had been established.

Pikus-Pace says silver makes the pain worth it

By Mark Trevelyan ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - An elated Noelle Pikus-Pace called her Olympic skeleton silver "as good as gold" on Friday and announced her retirement for the second time after bouncing back from injury, family trauma and the disappointment of just missing a medal four years ago. The 31-year-old American missed the 2006 Olympics when she broke her right leg after being hit by America's four-man bobsleigh. She retired from skeleton after coming fourth in Vancouver in 2010, before returning to the sport in 2012.
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