News / Europe

    Germany Remains Dominant in Luge in Sochi

    The silver medal team from Russia, (l) gold medal team from Germany, center, and bronze medal team from Latvia (r) pose with flowers after the luge team relay competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 13, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
    The silver medal team from Russia, (l) gold medal team from Germany, center, and bronze medal team from Latvia (r) pose with flowers after the luge team relay competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 13, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
    Mike Richman
    Germany ended the sixth day of competition at the Sochi Games Thursday by leaving no doubt which country sports the best luge athletes.

    Natalie Geisenberger, Felix Loch and the pairing of Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt won the first-ever Olympic luge team relay, as heavy favorite Germany crafted a gold medal sweep of the four luge events in Sochi.

    The win lifted Germany into the gold medal lead at the Sochi Games with seven.

    The luge team relay involves one women's singles, one men's singles and one doubles run.

    In skiing, American freestylers dominated the first-ever Olympic slopestyle competition, sweeping the top three spots.  Joss Christensen won the gold medal, with Gus Kenworthy taking silver and Nicholas Goepper earning bronze.

    Also Thursday, China took its spot on the medals board by winning two gold medals in women's speedskating.  Li Jianrou won the short track 500-meter race, and Zhang Hong took the 1,000-meter event.

    Poland's Justyna Kowalczyk won gold in the women's 10-kilometer cross country skiing race, and sharp-shooting French biathlete Martin Fourcade won the 20-kilometer individual gold.

    On the ice, the top men's hockey teams - Russia, the United States and Canada - played for the first time in the Sochi Games Thursday.  Russia beat Slovenia, 5-2, the U.S. routed Slovakia, 7-1, and Canada topped Norway, 3-1.

    Star Russian Skater Backs Out

    In other news, Russian figure skater Evgeny Plushenko pulled out of the men's individual figure skating competition Thursday.  Plushenko, a two-time gold medalist, was seen clutching his back during warmups, before he announced his withdrawal from the event.

    He later said he is retiring from figure skating.

    Meanwhile, the head of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, said he is not worried about the unseasonably warm temperatures that have been melting snow and ice in and around Sochi.

    Temperatures in Sochi have been hitting about 17 degrees Celsius in recent days.

    In an interview with The Associated Press, Bach recalled even warmer conditions at the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary.

    "It's not as warm yet as it was in Calgary at the time, where I remembered going around the last days of the Games in a T-shirt," Bach said.  "It was about 25 degrees Celsius, so the situation so far is under control.  The organizing committee together with the international federations is working very, very hard.  There is still storage of snow and so far it is going well."

    Olympic Worker Injured

    Bach also said the accident of an Olympic track worker struck by a bobsled was not related to other accidents caused by sloppy conditions created by the warm weather.

    The worker was on the track when he was hit by a forerunning sled, just before the start of Thursday's two-man bobsled training.

    Olympic officials said he broke both legs and may have a concussion.

    "It's a worker being in the braking zone of the bob, and we do not know why he was there in this zone," Bach said. "This you cannot compare with any incident with an athlete."

    After six days of competition in Sochi, Norway leads in the overall medal count with 13, followed by the United States and the Netherlands with 12.  Russia has 11, and Canada and Germany have 10 each.

    There are 98 medal events at the Sochi Games, 12 more than in Vancouver in 2010.

    You May Like

    Top US General: Turkish Media Report ‘Absurd'

    General Dunford rejects ‘irresponsible' claims of coup involvement by former four-star Army General Campbell, who led NATO forces in Afghanistan before retiring earlier this year

    Video Saving Ethiopian Children Thought to Be Cursed

    'Omo Child' looks at efforts of one African man to stop killings of ‘mingi’ children

    Protests Over Western Troops Threaten Libyan 'Unity' Government

    Fears mount that Islamist foes of ‘unity' government plan to declare a revolutionaries' council in Tripoli

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    London’s Financial Crown at Risk as Rivals Eye Brexit Opportunitiesi
    X
    VOA News
    July 25, 2016 5:09 PM
    By most measures, London rivals New York as the only true global financial center. But Britain’s vote to leave the European Union – so-called ‘Brexit’ – means the city could lose its right to sell services tariff-free across the bloc, risking its position as Europe’s financial headquarters. Already some banks have said they may shift operations to the mainland. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
    Video

    Video London’s Financial Crown at Risk as Rivals Eye Brexit Opportunities

    By most measures, London rivals New York as the only true global financial center. But Britain’s vote to leave the European Union – so-called ‘Brexit’ – means the city could lose its right to sell services tariff-free across the bloc, risking its position as Europe’s financial headquarters. Already some banks have said they may shift operations to the mainland. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
    Video

    Video Recycling Lifeline for Lebanon’s Last Glassblowers

    In a small Lebanese coastal town, one family is preserving a craft that stretches back millennia. The art of glass blowing was developed by Phoenicians in the region, and the Khalifehs say they are the only ones keeping the skill alive in Lebanon. But despite teaming up with an eco-entrepreneur and receiving an unexpected boost from the country’s recent trash crisis the future remains uncertain. John Owens reports from Sarafand.
    Video

    Video Migrants Continue to Risk Lives Crossing US Border from Mexico

    In his speech Thursday before the Republican National Convention, the party’s presidential candidate, Donald Trump, reiterated his proposal to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border if elected. Polls show a large percentage of Americans support better control of the nation's southwestern border, but as VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from the border town of Nogales in the Mexican state of Sonora, the situation faced by people trying to cross the border is already daunting.
    Video

    Video In State of Emergency, Turkey’s Erdogan Focuses on Spiritual Movement

    The state of emergency that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared is giving him even more power to expand a purge that has seen an estimated 60,000 people either arrested or suspended from their jobs. VOA Europe correspondent Luis Ramirez reports from Istanbul.
    Video

    Video Calm the Waters: US Doubles Down Diplomatic Efforts in ASEAN Meetings

    The United States is redoubling diplomatic efforts and looking to upcoming regional meetings to calm the waters after an international tribunal invalidated the legal basis of Beijing's extensive claims in the South China Sea. VOA State Department correspondent Nike Ching has the story.
    Video

    Video Four Brother Goats Arrive in Brooklyn on a Mission

    While it's unusual to see farm animals in cities, it's become familiar for residents of Brooklyn, New York, to see a little herd of goats. Unlike gas-powered mowing equipment, goats remove invasive weeds quietly and without adding more pollution to the air. As Faiza Elmasry tells us, this is a pilot program and if it proves to be successful, the goat gardener program will be extended to other areas of New York. Faith Lapidus narrates.
    Video

    Video Scientists in Poland Race to Save Honeybees

    Honeybees are in danger worldwide. Causes of what's known as colony collapse disorder range from pesticides and loss of habitat to infections. But scientists in Poland say they are on track to finding a cure for one of the diseases. VOA’s George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video Wall Already Runs Along Parts of US-Mexico Border

    The Republican Party’s presidential nominee, Donald Trump, gained the support of many voters by saying he would build a wall to keep undocumented immigrants and drugs from coming across the border from Mexico. Critics have called his idea impractical and offensive to Mexico, while supporters say such a bold approach is needed to control the border. VOA’s Greg Flakus has more from the border town of Nogales, Arizona.
    Video

    Video New HIV Tests Emphasize Rapid Results

    As the global fight against AIDS intensifies, activists have placed increasing importance on getting people to know their HIV status. Some companies are developing new HIV testing methods designed to be quick, easy and accurate. Thuso Khumalo looks at the latest methods, presented at the International AIDS conference in Durban, South Africa.
    Video

    Video African Youth with HIV Urge More Support

    HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is the top killer of teens in sub-Saharan Africa. But many youths say their experience with the virus is unique and needs to be addressed differently than the adult epidemic. VOA South African Correspondent Anita Powell reports.
    Video

    Video Pop-Up Art Comes to Your Living Room, Backyard and Elsewhere

    Around the world, independent artists and musicians wrestle with a common problem: where to exhibit or perform? Traditional spaces such as museums and galleries are reserved for bigger names, and renting a space is not feasible for many. Enter ArtsUp, which connects artists with venue owners. Whether it’s a living room, restaurant, office or even a boat, pop-up events are bringing music and art to unexpected places. Tina Trinh has more.
    Video

    Video Scotland’s Booming Whisky Industry Fears Brexit Hangover

    After Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, Scotland’s government wants to break away from the United Kingdom – fearing the nation’s exports are at risk. Among the biggest of these is whisky. Henry Ridgwell reports on a time of turmoil for those involved in the ancient art of distilling Scotland’s most famous product.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora