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July 4, 2007 | Philip Hersh, Special to The Times
The sarcasm fairly dripped from Austrian Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer's voice as he pointed to the ice rink Russia has assembled to promote Sochi's bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics. "This is a good symbol of how our friends in Russia understand environment -- putting a skating facility in a country with a temperature of almost 30 degrees [86 Fahrenheit]," Gusenbauer told The Times as he walked through Guatemala City on Tuesday afternoon.
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February 21, 2014 | John Cherwa
WOMEN'S SLALOM Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. is the favorite to give the U.S. its first gold in women's slalom since Barbara Ann Cochran in 1972. Shiffrin is the defending world champion and World Cup event champion. Among those most likely to challenge her are Frida Hansdotter of Sweden and Marlies Schild of Austria. MEN'S HOCKEY It's a battle of friendly neighbors as the tournament reaches the semifinal stage. The U.S. and Canada play in one of the games. The winner will come out as the favorite in Sunday's gold-medal final.
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February 21, 2014 | John Cherwa
WOMEN'S SLALOM Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. is the favorite to give the U.S. its first gold in women's slalom since Barbara Ann Cochran in 1972. Shiffrin is the defending world champion and World Cup event champion. Among those most likely to challenge her are Frida Hansdotter of Sweden and Marlies Schild of Austria. MEN'S HOCKEY It's a battle of friendly neighbors as the tournament reaches the semifinal stage. The U.S. and Canada play in one of the games. The winner will come out as the favorite in Sunday's gold-medal final.
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February 21, 2014 | John Cherwa
Given the dominance of the Canadian women curlers, it's hard to believe Thursday was their first Olympic gold in the sport. In beating Sweden, 6-3, they erased the sting of losing to the Swedes in the gold-medal final in Vancouver four years ago. Canada also became the first team to go through the competition unbeaten, winning all 11 games. Skip Jennifer Jones is considered one of the best curlers in the world but she had never won an Olympic gold medal. Britain beat Switzerland, 6-5, in the bronze-medal game.
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February 21, 2014 | John Cherwa
Given the dominance of the Canadian women curlers, it's hard to believe Thursday was their first Olympic gold in the sport. In beating Sweden, 6-3, they erased the sting of losing to the Swedes in the gold-medal final in Vancouver four years ago. Canada also became the first team to go through the competition unbeaten, winning all 11 games. Skip Jennifer Jones is considered one of the best curlers in the world but she had never won an Olympic gold medal. Britain beat Switzerland, 6-5, in the bronze-medal game.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 2012 | By Joe Flint
Heading into the Summer Olympics the smart money had NBC bleeding lots of red ink and struggling to land a big audience in an era of jaded viewers watching cynical and expletive reality shows. The smart money was wrong. Instead, NBC executives will leave London smiling. At worst, NBC and its parent, Comcast Corp., will break even on the games and may even make a tiny profit. NBC averaged 31.1 million viewers for the 17 nights of coverage it aired and overall almost 220 million people watched some of the games.
WORLD
August 8, 2007 | David Holley, Times Staff Writer
Georgia accused Russia on Tuesday of sending two fighter jets into its airspace and dropping a missile near a village. Moscow denied involvement and charged that Georgian authorities staged the incident to gain an edge in their conflict with Russia. Televised footage from an area about 40 miles west of Tbilisi, the Georgian capital, showed a deep 2-foot-wide hole in the ground that authorities said was caused by an unexploded missile dropped Monday evening.
BUSINESS
August 11, 2012 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
NBC's coverage of the London Olympics has blown away the most optimistic projections for audience performance in an increasingly fractured media landscape. More than 210 million Americans have watched a portion of the Games. The network attracted an average of about 32 million viewers a night in prime time - though the time difference with London meant NBC was showing highlights from events that occurred long before the telecast. Younger viewers, including those typically tethered to laptops or cellphones, have been watching the coverage, often with groups of friends.
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July 4, 2007 | Philip Hersh, Special to The Times
The sarcasm fairly dripped from Austrian Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer's voice as he pointed to the ice rink Russia has assembled to promote Sochi's bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics. "This is a good symbol of how our friends in Russia understand environment -- putting a skating facility in a country with a temperature of almost 30 degrees [86 Fahrenheit]," Gusenbauer told The Times as he walked through Guatemala City on Tuesday afternoon.
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