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The number of Brits planning to go to Sochi in Russia for the Winter Olympics in three weeks' time will be minimal. Apart from the usual Russian visa requirements, flights are limited, a special "spectator pass" is required in a bid to combat security threats and prices for accommodation and the top events are very expensive.

Hazel Irvine, Clare Balding and Jonathan Edwards will lead the BBC's Winter Olympics coverage

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Channel promises 'the most complete digital coverage of a Winter Olympic Games to date'

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The 10 best waterproof jackets

Whether fell-running, mountaineering or just wandering down the high street in the rain, keep dry in one of these coats

Hollande told Cameron that Europe would pool its medals so Britain would be happy in the EU

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Former water-skier Erin Mielzynski caused a surprise yesterday, winning a World Cup slalom in Ofterschwang in a combined time of one minute 53.59 seconds. The 21-year-old Canadian had a previous best finish of 13th at this level. "I just skied on race day like I do in training," she said.

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