Rest of British: Who else can lead the world a dance at the Winter Games?: Graham Bell - Alpine skiing

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TIMING is as important to an athlete as it is to a comedian, and Graham Bell's grasp of that notion could give him the last laugh over his older brother, Martin. For much of the last decade, Graham could have been Britain's No 1 alpine skier if it was not for his brother. He has not broken into the top 20 in five Olympic attempts, including the super-giant slalom and alpine combined at Albertville last year, but that could be about to change.

Last month at Kitzbuhel he produced the best performance of his World Cup career, storming down the most feared downhill to finish in 12th place. That is not quite his highest finish but it could not have come at a better time. Almost two years Martin's junior, Graham made his Olympic debut in the downhill in Sarajevo in 1984, the year he was the world junior silver medallist. At his fourth Games, he is primed to put his brother in the shade for once.

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