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Skier Withdraws, as Ukraine's Team Tries to Keep Focused on the Olympics
By: Doug Bedell
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A figurative cloud over the Sochi Olympics from the violence in the Ukraine, some 870 miles away, seems growing, with one Ukrainian skier withdrawing from the games and the remainder of the national team struggling to keep focused on winter sports. "It's not easy," said pole vaulting great Sergei Bubka, head of Ukraine's national Olympic committee, "We are trying to show to the world that Ukrainian athletes are competing. We try to show the glory for Ukraine."

The week's death toll from the continuing demonstrations in Kiev, Ukraine's capital, climbed to 77, including 16 police officers — the official numbers — with hundreds more injured, The Wall Street Journal Reported.  

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About the Author
Doug Bedell has a background in journalism and PR and is the owner of Resource Relations LLC in Central PA, focusing on organizational and crisis communication. He’s the community manager of SimplyFair.net, a social network on fairness. On the Web, Doug’s at www.ResourceRelations.com. On Twitter, he’s @DougBeetle.
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