Quotes of the week

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It was not an easy decision to take, I can tell you that. Opinions were quite split. Francois Carrard, IOC director general, on the decision, later reversed, to take away Ross Rebagliati's snowboarding gold medal after he tested positive for cannabis.

Ross deserves that medal, man. It was bullshit to take away the gold from him for a little joint. He had the biggest rush of his life and crushed the opposition. Daniel Franck, Norwegian snowboarder.

We had a party, we had fun, something got broken. It's not cool, but it happened. Martin Freinademetz, Austrian world champion snowboarder, after being thrown out of the Olympics following a wild party in a hotel lobby, after which he "borrowed" an official snowmobile.

A player of ours has been proven guilty of biting - that is a scar which will never heal. Andy Robinson, Bath coach, on the Kevin Yates ear-biting affair (following which, presumably, the scar of victim Simon Fenn will also never heal).

I've always liked it that my career best has been in a Test match. It really means something, and I've always said that if I got near to doing it in a county match I would throw the ball to someone else. Angus Fraser, England bowler, after taking 11 wickets in the second Test.

For an 18-year-old, he has a lot of arrogance about him. But he's special and we must keep his feet firmly nailed to the floor. John Aldridge, Tranmere Rovers manager, on his club's young goalkeeping prospect, Steve Simonsen.

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