13 February 2014 - US and UK approaches to Sochi
Team USA's biggest names struggle under Olympic pressure
Paul Myerberg (USA Today)
SOCHI — A week's worth of competition suggests America's finest athletes are succumbing to the Olympic pressure.
Some of the team's biggest names -- Bode Miller, Shaun White and Kelly Clark — have failed to deliver in the games' biggest events.
Clark proved that point again Wednesday in the women's halfpipe, where the four-time Olympian and heavy favorite crashed on her first run and made subtle errors on her second, settling for bronze.
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Bill Plaschke (The Los Angeles Times)
SOCHI, Russia — He had grown weary of the sportsmanlike platitudes and calm explanations. He had just spent 15 minutes discussing the most stunning upset of his career with a steady stare, and enough was enough.
Just before exiting the dank basement interview area at the Adler Arena Skating center Wednesday, U.S. Olympic speedskater Shani Davis inexplicably stopped one more time.
In front of a handful of remaining reporters, he seethed.
Robbin Scott-Elliot (The Independent)
On Saturday evening Jenny Jones received a text from her mother. “I love you,” it said and signed off with three kisses. She watched an episode of Downton Abbey and then went to bed. A big day lay ahead. It turned out to be the biggest of her life.
On Sunday morning she tucked her multi-coloured snowboard under her arm and set off on the 10-minute walk to the slopes from the athlete’s mountain village and into the history books. By early afternoon Jones had claimed Britain’s first medal of the Sochi Olympics, a bronze in the slopestyle, but her achievement went far beyond that.
In 90 years of trying, no Briton had won an Olympic medal on snow. The previous 22 winter medals all came on ice – provided by skaters, bobsleighers, curlers, skeleton athletes and ice hockey players. Last night in the Medal Plaza in the main Olympic Park, some 50 miles from the mountains where it had been won, a snow medal was hung around Jones’s neck.
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