By Alexandra Ulmer

Handball: Delighted Denmark beat French champions to win first gold

By Alexandra Ulmer RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A delighted Denmark won their first gold medal in men's handball on Sunday, overcoming the defending French champions to win 28-26 in a thrilling Olympic final. The score was tight...

Monday, August 22, 2016, 12:18 AM

Chavez casts divisive shadow over Venezuelan sport at Games

By Alexandra Ulmer RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - When Venezuelan fencer and former sports minister Alejandra Benitez was eliminated in her second-round bout at the Rio Games, she wore a uniform emblazoned with the eyes of the country's divisive late leader,...

Sunday, August 21, 2016, 8:45 PM

Russian women top France to win first gold

By Alexandra Ulmer RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Russia won its first Olympic gold medal in women's handball on Saturday, overcoming France 22-19 in a tight, fast-paced final in front of a rapturous crowd. The Russians led by several...

Sunday, August 21, 2016, 1:47 AM

Synchronised: Russian 'mermaids' swim their way to gold again

By Alexandra Ulmer RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Russian synchronised swimming stars Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina's near-flawless routines have long had fans joking they are secretly mermaids or have gills...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 12:31 AM

Gymnastics: Hurt by 'negativity,' Douglas struggles on bars

By Alexandra Ulmer RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - After a disappointing routine at the uneven bars women's final on Sunday, U.S. gymnast Gabby Douglas said she was upset by "negative" online comments attacking her appearance, patriotism and support for team mates...

Monday, August 15, 2016, 9:30 PM

Gymnastics: Biles lights up Rio, Instagram and the Kardashians

By Alexandra Ulmer RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - She has ratcheted up a million Instagram followers, exchanged tweets with reality star Kim Kardashian and been splashed on the cover of major American magazines...

Friday, August 12, 2016, 6:26 AM

Gymnastics: Biles lights up Rio, Instagram and the Kardashians

By Alexandra Ulmer RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - She has ratcheted up a million Instagram followers, exchanged tweets with reality star Kim Kardashian and been splashed on the cover of major American magazines...

Friday, August 12, 2016, 3:21 AM

Beach Volleyball: It even rains on Copacabana

By Alexandra Ulmer RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Damp beach volleyball players and a bundled up crowd found out the hard way on Wednesday that grim rain and wind can even beat down on Rio's picture-perfect Copacabana beach. Previous...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 11:38 PM

Gymnastics: Tumble leaves Downie dizzy, but Britain roar back

By Alexandra Ulmer RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Taking inspiration from the sequinned lion on her blue leotard, British gymnast Ellie Downie roared back from a rough tumble that hurt her neck in the floor exercise, completing the vault to help her team...

Monday, August 8, 2016, 2:31 AM

Gymnastics: Russians blame slip-ups on opening day nerves

By Alexandra Ulmer RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A nervous Russian female gymnastics team slipped up time and again in qualifying on Sunday in the Rio Olympic Arena and not until they mounted the asymmetric bars did the former powerhouse redeem themselves...

Monday, August 8, 2016, 12:10 AM

Beach volleyball: Strobe lights flashing, Copacabana rocks 'midnight party'

By Alexandra Ulmer RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Strobe lights, blaring music, and dancing Brazilians may be fixtures at Rio's legendary night clubs, but they aren't usually spotted at Olympic venues. On Saturday night, however, beach...

Sunday, August 7, 2016, 10:22 AM

Venezuelan women seek sterilizations as crisis sours child-rearing

By Alexandra Ulmer CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's food shortages, inflation and crumbling medical sector have become such a source of anguish...

Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 7:37 PM

Namesake Russia coaches groom synchro stars for more gold

By Alexandra Ulmer (Reuters) - Two namesake coaches who have propelled Russian synchronized swimming to one medal after another hope to blow rivals out of the water once again at the Rio Olympic Games. Head team coach Tatyana Pokrovskaya and...

Thursday, July 28, 2016, 3:37 AM

Kids, teachers ditch school as crisis engulfs Venezuela

By Alexandra Ulmer LA FRIA, Venezuela (Reuters) - Mariangel Caceres' teachers, whose salaries do not buy enough food to live on, stopped showing up for classes early this year. The...

Thursday, June 16, 2016, 9:59 PM

Venezuela PDVSA near deals to boost Schlumberger presence: executive

By Alexandra Ulmer CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's state oil company, PDVSA, is close to reaching deals to boost Schlumberger's presence after the oilfield services provider said in April it would reduce operations because of payment problems, PDVSA's president...

Saturday, June 11, 2016, 10:04 PM

Bolivar boats, bills in bras as Venezuela's currency sinks

By Alexandra Ulmer CARACAS (Reuters) - Origami-like boats made from Venezuela's rapidly depreciating bolivar bills sit on the cash register of a small fruit and vegetable store in Caracas. Cashier Marisol Garcia makes...

Friday, July 10, 2015, 3:24 PM

Woman who hit Venezuela leader with mango rewarded with new home

By Alexandra Ulmer CARACAS (Reuters) - A woman who bashed President Nicolas Maduro on the head with a mango has been promised a new house for her troubles in a surreal tropical tale that has gone viral in Venezuela. The 52-year-old president was driving a bus...

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 3:34 AM