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Author Archive for Eoin O'Callaghan

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The Russian Dolls have transformed figure skating. But at what cost?

Critics say Russia’s teenage troika of Kostornaia, Shcherbakova and Trusovahave have turned figure skating into a jumping competition, normalizing an alarming trend in the processFacade has always been central to figure skating. The sport’s culture dic…

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Doctor, sailor, Super Bowl contender: Laurent Duvernay-Tardif’s strange career

The Kansas City Chiefs guard helps protect one of the most talented players in the league. But there’s a lot more to him than just footballDraft night follows a familiar pattern for most players as they wait to be picked for their first NFL team out of…

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Olympic ice dance champions Virtue and Moir: ‘We’re so proud of our relationship’

The Canadian gold medallists talk to Eoin O’Callaghan about winning gold, maintaining a professional relationship and ignoring fan fictionThere’s a guy at a bar nursing a drink. He looks up and catches the eye of a girl nearby. They share a knowing gla…

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‘A coach is a coach’: Chantal Vallée on leading a men’s professional team

The Canadian is one of the few women to have crossed the gender divide in professional sports. But her main focus is on winningChantal Vallée tells a story about her early days as coach of the University of Windsor’s women’s basketball team.Despite min…

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‘We have no history’: Can casino-chip bonuses and llamas turn Vegas into a soccer city?

The Las Vegas Lights CEO says the city’s swagger and Hispanic population can make his club into a success story in the Nevada desertThere’s not much of a soccer legacy in Las Vegas. The extent of it is the Quicksilvers, the itinerant team that only las…

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‘When it all goes right’: Canada’s Alphonso Davies is living the dream

The Canadian teenager’s rise from a Ghanaian refugee camp to newly minted Bayern Munich signee is a modern fairy-taleLast month, dozens of grey-haired men in dark suits congregated in a sprawling space at Moscow’s Expocentre for a five-hour Fifa Congre…

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Great Satan 1-2 Iran: the most politically charged match in World Cup history

Iran’s surprise start in Russia comes 20 years after a breakout win over the USA in a match fraught with political underpinningsThere was a small rubber ball, dusty streets and not much else. This was Jalal Talebi’s childhood growing up in Tehran in th…

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Adam Rippon, John Curry and figure skating’s complex history with gay athletes

The American’s skill and charisma has been a highlight of the Games. But figure skating has not always been so supportive of its LGBT athletesOn Monday in Pyeongchang, Adam Rippon and Eric Radford posed for a photo together, Olympic medals proudly drap…