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  • Microsoft Sponsors Sochi; 2016 Chief Hospitalized; Olympians in Stanley Cup


    06/16/11

    The signing ceremony with Microsoft and Sochi 2014. (Sochi 2014)
    Microsoft Partners with Sochi 2014

    Microsoft Russia is the official software supplier to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

    Sochi 2014 CEO and president Dmitry Chernyshenko signed the deal Thursday with Jean-Philippe Courtois, president of Microsoft International and Nikolay Pryanishnikov, president of Microsoft Russia.

    Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, the Russian government's Olympics tsar, also attended the announcement in Moscow.

    The size of the deal was not disclosed but it is thought to run into tens of millions of dollars.

    Sochi 2014 tells Around the Rings that under the agreement, Microsoft will supply software that will become a part of the "complex solution Sochi 2014 is planning to leave as a legacy to organizers of future big sporting events".
    Carlos Arthur Nuzman was hospitalized Wednesday. (Rio 2016)

    Rio 2016 Chief Hospitalized

    Carlos Arthur Nuzman, the head of Rio 2016 and the Brazilian Olympic Committee was hospitalized late Thursday.

    Nuzman checked himself into a hospital after a routine medical examination discovered an abnormal heart rhythm.

    He is expected to leave the hospital Friday.

    Olympians Secure Stanley Cup Win

    Olympians were instrumental in the Boston Bruins 4-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals on June 15.

    At Rogers Arena in Vancouver, some 40 Olympians competed in the final, including Tim Thomas, who played backup goaltender for the U.S. in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

    One year ago in the same city, Thomas watched from the bench as Canada beat the U.S. in overtime for the gold medal.
    Luongo congratulates Tim Thomas on his victory. (Getty Images)

    Thomas took center-stage at Wednesday's game with 37 saves, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs MVP. The 37-year-old is the oldest player to ever win the award.

    Olympic gold medalist Roberto Luongo was not as successful.

    As the goaltender for the 2010 Canadian Olympic team, Luongo was an important part of the win against the U.S. with 34 saves in the final game.

    For the Stanley Cup final, Luongo gave up three goals before being pulled from the game.

    Patrice Bergeron, who also played on the gold-medal winning team for Canada, ensured the win for the Bruins, scoring two goals.

    Pakistani Olympic Boxer, 50

    Police in Pakistan are investigating the fatal shooting of three-time Olympic boxer Abrar Hussain, 50.

    Hussain, also deputy director of the Pakistan Sports Board, died Wednesday after unidentified gunmen attacked his vehicle and shot him in the head as he left a stadium in Quetta, according to Pakistani media.

    He competed in boxing at the 1984, 1988 and 1992 Olympics and won gold at the South Asian Games in 1985.

    Written by Ann Cantrell.

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