Sochi 2014: Ukrainian athletes leave Games

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Sochi 2014: Ukrainian athletes leave Games

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Our Sochi Winter Olympics roundup for Day 15 starts with a story which appears to be dividing the Ukrainian Team.

Some members have reportedly decided to leave the Black Sea resort in response to the violence in Ukraine and with tensions still rising in Kiev, the International Olympic Committee fear that more athletes may follow.

Ukraine’s Bogdana Matsotska and her coach and father Oleg Matsotskyy announced on Thursday they had withdrawn from Russia’s first Winter Games in “solidarity” with Kiev’s protesters.

Head of the Ukrainian Olympic committee Sergei Bubka has urged the Alpine skier to remain in Sochi as a sign of unity but added he respects the rights of athletes to make their own decision.

Elsewhere, Norway overcame a shaky start to outclass Germany by the narrowest of margins and secure gold in the Nordic combined team large hill event.

Cross-country ski specialist Magnus Moan made up a 25-second deficit on the first leg before team-mate Joergen Graabak made sure of the win

The 23-year-old, who clinched the individual large hill event on Tuesday, timed his sprint perfectly to edge out German rival Fabian Riessle by three-tenths of a second.

Reigning World Champion Jean-Frederic Chapuis of France downed compatriots Arnaud Bovolenta and Jonathan Midol to claim the ski cross competition.

A fall by Canada’s Brady Leman on the final turn confirmed the French sweep, the country’s first at any Olympics since the 1924 games in Paris.