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No sand, no beach: Snow volleyball takes Alps by storm

Beach shorts over thermal underwear, wool hats instead of bikinis and not a grain of sand in sight: a new sport has emerged in the Alps and it's called snow volleyball. Think of it as beach volleyball at 6,500 feet (2,000 metres), played on white powder with skiers whizzing by. Casually, the sport has been around for years, but organisers of the Snow Volleyball Tour -- set up in 2009 and now including stops in Austria, Germany, Italy and Switzerland -- hope it could soon become a competitive event.

Ski jumping: Stoch adds World Cup crown to Olympic double

Poland's Kamil Stoch added the overall World Cup ski jumping crown to his double Olympic gold on Friday when he finished the season's penultimate event in Planica in fourth place. The 26-year-old, who is also world champion on the large hill, is the first Pole to capture the World Cup. Germany's Severin Freund won the event at the Slovenian venue with two jumps of 137.5m with just a 0.3 point advantage over second place Anders Bardal of Norway with Slovenia's Peter Prevc completing the podium.

Nordic skiing: World Cup combined results

Nordic combined World Cup skiing results in Oslo on Saturday: Large hill, 10km ski (ski jump placing in brackets): 1. Johannes Rydzek (GER) 24min 50.6sec (2), 2. Magnus Moan (NOR) at 0.6sec (12), 3. François Braud (FRA) 4.5 (1), 4. Ilkka Herola (FIN) 10.0 (2), 5. Joergen Graabak (NOR) 24.9 (18), 6. Akito Watabe (JPN) 31.2 (26e) World Cup standings (after 16 of 17 events): 1. Eric Frenzel (GER) 981pts, 2. Johannes Rydzek (GER) 743, 3. Akito Watabe (JPN) 630, 4. Magnus Moan (NOR) 545, 5. Haavard Klemetsen (NOR) 521 afp

Ski jumping: Stoch rises as he wins fifth event of season

Poland's double Olympic ski jump champion Kamil Stoch took over at the top of the World Cup standings on Sunday after winning the event in Lahti, Finland. The 26-year-old -- who took both ski jump gold medals at the Games in SOchi last month -- recorded his fifth win of the season and 12th of his career narrowly denying Germany's Severin Freund a third successive win this week. Austrian Gregor Schlierenzauer, who won the team event on Saturday, finished third.

Marielle Thompson wins gold, Kelsey Serwa wins silver, in women's skicross

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - Canadian women have done it again. Marielle Thompson of Whistler, B.C won a gold medal and Kelsey Serwa of Kelowna, B.C., captured a silver medal in women's skicross Friday at the Sochi Winter Games. The final pitted the four fastest women in qualifying. Thompson, ranked third, took an early lead against the first-ranked Serwa and never let it slip. Both crossed the finish line ahead of bronze medallist Anna Holmund of Sweden.

Freestyle: Thompson leads Canada one-two in cross

By Nick Mulvenney ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - The "girl power" of Marielle Thompson and Kelsey Serwa gave Canada the freestyle skiing bragging rights at the Sochi Olympics on Friday when the duo locked down the gold and silver medals in the women's ski cross final. A third one-two in freestyle skiing at the Games ensured Canada would top the medals standings in the sport, having taken four of the 10 titles to three for the United States.

Ill wind costs Swede shot at ski cross medal

By Philip O'Connor ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - An ill wind on the last jump of a men's ski cross quarter-final cost Sweden's Victor Oehling Norberg a shot at an Olympic medal on Thursday. The Swede, considered a strong medal contender coming into the event, was leading when a gust caught his skis as he flew over the final obstacle. He crashed on landing, causing Russia's Egor Korotkov and Jouni Pellinen of Finland to hit the deck behind him and allowing Swiss Armin Niederer the victory.

French medalists look after number one, and each other

By Martyn Herman ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - "All for one, one for all" was the motto of the Three Musketeers, but for the Frenchmen who won all three medals in Olympic ski cross on Thursday the individual definitely takes precedence over the collective. "In ski cross only one guy can be first, it's every man for himself," bronze medalist Jonathan Midol said. "But our success is definitely a result of our joint achievement and effort. We all put our soul into it."

Norway captures Nordic combined team gold

International Sports Desk, Feb 20 (EFE).- Norway edged out Germany Thursday for the gold in the Nordic combined team large hill event at the Sochi Olympics, rallying from a big deficit thanks to a dominant performance in the cross-country skiing portion. Germany took a 7-second lead over Austria and a whopping 25-second lead over Norway after the ski-jumping at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center. Fabian Rießle, Björn Kircheisen, Johannes Rydzek and Eric Frenzel all posted jumps of more than 125 meters (410 feet) to put Germany in a strong position.

Norway captures Nordic combined team gold

International Sports Desk, Feb 20 (EFE).- Norway edged out Germany Thursday for the gold in the Nordic combined team large hill event at the Sochi Olympics, rallying from a big deficit thanks to a dominant performance in the cross-country skiing portion. Germany took a 7-second lead over Austria and a whopping 25-second lead over Norway after the ski-jumping at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center. Fabian Rießle, Björn Kircheisen, Johannes Rydzek and Eric Frenzel all posted jumps of more than 125 meters (410 feet) to put Germany in a strong position.
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