Sochi, a resort on the shores of Russia’s Black Sea will host the Winter Olympics in 2014. Members of the International Olympic Committee awarded Russia their first-ever Winter Games after the final votes were cast in Guatemala. Sochi edged out South Korea’s Pyeongchang. The third finalist Austria’s Salzburg was eliminated in the first round of voting.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is wooing IOC members in Guatemala with the vote looming to pick the host city for the 2014 Winter Olympics.Putin is leading Russia’s bid for the Black Sea resort of Sochi much in the same way as British PM Tony Blair did for London prior to the vote in Singapore in 2005.
'Dine with an Olympian' was the theme of this year's Black Cockatoo Ball, the OWI's traditional Opening Weekend fundraiser, and the concept proved a great success. Nine Torino Olympians attended the event, hosting tables and providing a unique experience for the 125 guests.
Freestyle skiers Dale Begg-Smith and Jacqui Cooper have taken out the major Ski and Snowboard awards for the 2006/07 season. Begg-Smith has been named snowsports athlete of the year for the third consecutive time, while Cooper has received the Outstanding Achievement of the Year award. Coach of the year is the man who guided Begg-Smith to his second straight World Cup title, Olympic Winter Institute head moguls coach Steve Desovich.
The Executive Board (EB) of the IOC has unanimously decided to declare permanently ineligible six athletes from the Austrian biathlon and cross-country skiing teams
The father of 14-year-old Morgan Innes has called on those who want to remember his daughter to contribute to a trust fund set up to assist future Australian ice skating stars and underprivileged youth. Morgan was one of four people killed in the collision between a boat and ferry on Sydney Harbour late last month. 47-year-old Robert Innes says the only way he, his wife Kim and 11-year-old son Curtis can move forward is by knowing that something positive has come out of the tragedy.
Australia's 2007 season medal-winning run has continued with Alex Pullin riding to bronze in the Snowboard Junior World Championships in Bad Gastein, Austria. Pullin made it through the qualifying round in the 89-rider snowboard cross field, then won his round of 32 encounter.
The Executive The NSW Ice Skating Association (NSWISA) has announced the establishment of a special memorial fund in memory of Dr Alan Blinn and Mrs Simone Moore. The two leading members of the New South Wales figure skating community were tragically killed in the Sydney Harbour boating accident late last month.
Australia has finished in seventh place in the 2007 Short Track World Team Championships, held last week in Budapest, Hungary. Skating in the Championship B bracket, the team of Jeremy Beck, Lachlan Hay, Alex Merriman, Elliott Shriane and Ben Southee collected 30 points to be pipped by one point by Germany for sixth place.
Jo Carter has finished in 20th place at the World Figure Skating Championships in Tokyo over the weekend. Carter scored a total of 127.17 points, finishing in 19th place in the short program and 21st in the free program. In a quinella for Japan, Miki Ando took the gold medal with 195.09 points ahead of compatriot Mao Asada on 194.45 points.
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Chantelle and Robert Newbery became the first husband and wife to win medals at the same Olympic Games in Athens 2004. Clayton and Lucinda Fredericks (equestrian) also achieved this feat at the 2008 Beijing Games.
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Gold and silver medals must be made of 92.5 percent pure silver; the gold medal must be gilded with at least six grams of gold.