OLYMPICS NOTEBOOK
February 10, 2014 10:55 AM

Jones fighting off cold, flu

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — American bobsledder Lolo Jones has gotten ill at the Sochi Olympics.

Jones tweeted today that she was in a “quarantine room” in the village. U.S. bobsled spokeswoman Amanda Bird confirmed Jones exhibited cold and flu symptoms, and that the move was precautionary.

Jones was back with teammates later today.

“Single room was nice just wish I had one of those stray dogs to keep me company,” Jones tweeted, referring to the dogs who were spotted all over the Sochi area in the days before the Olympics opened.

Jones and bobsled teammate Lauryn Williams are to become the ninth and 10th Americans to compete in both the summer and winter games. Jones is a two-time hurdler in the Summer Olympics, and will race with Jazmine Fenlator in USA-3 in Sochi.

IOC reprimands Norwegian athletes

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The International Olympic Committee is reprimanding athletes for wearing items commemorating the dead.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams said today the Olympic body sent a letter to the Norwegian Olympic Committee after its female cross-country skiers wore black armbands Saturday in honor of a teammate’s brother, who died on the eve of the Sochi Games.

Adams did not give details of the IOC letter, saying that was “the end of the matter.”

In other disciplines, the IOC banned helmet stickers in tribute to Canadian halfpipe skier Sarah Burke, who died after a crash in training two years ago. Adams said athletes should find “a better place” to express their grief.

Australian snowboarder Torah Bright said in an Instagram post on Friday that the IOC has banned competitors from wearing stickers on their gear. The IOC considered it to be a “political protest,” Bright wrote.

The IOC has strict rules against protests or propaganda during competitions, outlawing any demonstrations in Olympic venues.

Russia practices without Datsyuk

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The Russians are practicing for the first time since NHL players arrived for the Olympics, and captain Pavel Datsyuk is the only skater not on the ice.

An injury recently kept Datsyuk out of the Detroit Red Wings’ lineup for more than a month.

The star forward posed for a team picture Monday in full uniform before skating off the ice.

Datsyuk was in Detroit’s last two games before the Olympic break, playing less than he usually does. It was the first time he played since the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day. The Red Wings have said he has a lower-body injury.

 

Weirather injured before Olympic women’s downhill

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Olympic downhill contender Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein says she is struggling with a leg injury ahead of Wednesday’s race.

Weirather withdrew from the super-combined — the first of the women’s Alpine events at the Sochi Olympics — on Monday, and posted on Facebook that it was a “difficult moment.”

The 24-year-old ski racer, who trains with the Switzerland team, was treated at a hospital for bruising to her right tibia after a fall in a downhill training run Sunday.

Swiss team spokesman Lorenz Liechti says Weirather is “not too bad, she can walk,” adding that she’d be assessed “day by day whether she can compete.”

Weirather is second in the World Cup downhill standings this season behind Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany.

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