Travel Snow forecast is looking good for Sochi

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.

Winter Olympics notebook: Canadian women say sorry for celebrations

Ice Hockey: Canada's women's team have issued an apology following their over-zealous celebrations after their 2-0 victory against the United States in the gold medal match.

Vonn crash enrages Mancuso

No one has skied a finer line between glory and disaster than American superstar Lindsey Vonn here at the Olympics she was supposed to dominate and now the count could not be more evenly balanced: two medals and two wipe-outs.

'Iceman' Janka keeps cool to deliver gold in style

He came in as the best young pure skier in these Olympics and this is how 23-year-old Carlo Janka will go out.

Bode Miller: Skiing's baddest boy comes good at last

He always had the talent, but failed to deliver. Now Bode Miller, the hard-partying downhill racer from the backwoods, is on top of the world

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Miller ends eight-year wait in style to break golden duck

It has been a long-time coming, but Bode Miller is finally an Olympic champion. Eight years after his debut Games and four years after his dramatic failure in Turin, the colourful American swept to gold in the super-combined on Whistler last night.

Williams reaches the top on sliding scale

Former runner's single-minded determination earns Britain's first individual Winter Games gold medal for 30 years

The Lindsey Vonn phenomenon

America's sweetheart has taken Vancouver by storm – the legion of fans in her 'Vonntourage' have even renamed the Games in her honour. As the skier resumes her medal charge, James Lawton tells the remarkable story of her journey to the top

Vonn fall ends Olympic gold rush dream

Lindsey Vonn stepped into her brown hiking boots, a grimace betraying the pain in her bruised right shin and the sting of a fall that prevented her from completing Thursday's super-combined race at the Olympics.

James Lawton: Too many thrills can turn the greatest contest into no more than a lottery

As America's sweetheart Lindsey Vonn crashes out, do athletes have a right to expect safer conditions?

Women's Downhill: Fearless Vonn sweeps all before to claim first gold

American conquers tough course in style as she begins quest for four Olympic titles

Skiing: Commanding Defago plots a perfect course

Swiss produces run of his life to blow away more famous and fancied competitors

Winter Olympics in brief: Bilodeau predicts a gold rush after ending hosts' long wait

Canada's embarrassing Olympic record is over after the country celebrated a first gold won on home soil. Having gone without during the home summer Games of 1976 and winter Games of 1988, Canada was desperate to win gold this time, and the freestyle skier Alex Bilodeau obliged by claiming victory yesterday in the men's moguls final ahead of the Canadian-turned-Australian and defending champion, Dale Begg-Smith, who took silver, with the American Byron Wilson third.

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