SOCHI IN BRIEF

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SNOWBOARD VETERAN MIXING IT WITH THE KIDS
US snowboard veteran Kelly Clark admits she did not think she would still be doing the daredevil sport 12 years after winning gold at the Salt Lake City Games.

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“Snowboarding is always changing and progressing — that’s why I keep coming back,” said the 30-year-old, who won bronze in the women’s halfpipe on Wednesday.

“This is the icing on the cake. I want to keep coming back to other Olympics. Even now since yesterday, I’m still dreaming of more tricks.”

She said many of her contemporaries were now retiring but that she could play a mentor role.

“I can now encourage the younger girls. They can perform tricks that I never will be able to. I’m not going anywhere any time soon, and I’m glad I am an inspiration to help others make their dreams come true.”

OSLO OLYMPICS NO-GO?
International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams played down a poll showing that the Norwegians don’t want the 2022 Winter Games.

The poll, conducted by the InFact institute and published by regional newspaper Nordlys, revealed that 55.9 percent of Norwegians reject the bid, while only 34.5 percent support it.

“I think, as with politics, taking one poll out of context is never a very good idea, and I expect if you polled again, particularly when Norway were top of the medal table yesterday . . . you would get a very different result,” he said.

“We have five very strong candidates for the Winter Games in 2022. Oslo is one of them.”

BAYERN STAR WANTS TO LEND HAND
Germany football star Bastian Schweinsteiger has jokingly offered to come to Sochi to help friend and slalom specialist Felix Neureuther try to claim Winter Olympic gold next Wednesday.

BAYERN MUNICH STAR
Schweinsteiger is a talented skier and has known Neureuther since the friends raced against each other as ten year olds in the giant slalom and slalom.

Schweinsteiger has a “100 precent record” watching his friend race live, having been in both Kitzbuehel last month and Munich in January 2013 to see Neureuther claim two of his eight World Cup victories.

The footballer admits he wants to be in Sochi to see his friend race in Wednesday’s giant slalom—the same day Schweinsteiger will be in London for Bayern’s Champions League last 16 first leg clash at Arsenal.

“Perhaps I should have gone with him to Sochi,” Schweinsteiger told SID, an Agence France-Presse subsidiary, with Neureuther.

“Unfortunately, it would be a bit difficult for me to get there, but after all I am his lucky charm, so to speak.”

AFP

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