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.
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Saturday 13 February 2010
Saturday 13 February 2010
Thursday 11 February 2010
Lindsey Vonn's chances of claiming Olympic gold to complete her much-decorated CV have been put in doubt after the overwhelming favourite for the women's downhill, and the US team's stellar name, disclosed that she is carrying an injury.
Saturday 30 January 2010
Cricket: Stellar performances from Nathan Hauritz and Ryan Harris helped Australia claim their fourth consecutive one-day international victory, by 135 runs, over Pakistan at the WACA Ground yesterday.
Monday 25 January 2010
Croatia's Ivica Kostelic won the World Cup combined event at Kitzbuehel yesterday, then criticised plans to replace it with the new-style super-combined from next year.
Extreme skiing: No safety bars on the chairlifts and no windows in the dorm – but Alta does have the 'Greatest Snow on Earth'
Sunday 24 January 2010
If God had been a skier, then on the eighth day he might have created the Wasatch Range. Both He and it loom large in Salt Lake City, home to the Mormon Church and what Utah's state slogan calls the "Greatest Snow on Earth". Pacific storms that suck moisture from the lake, having whipped east across bone-dry Nevada, have only one option when they swirl to a halt over this natural snow machine – to dump epic quantities of the kind of feather-light powder off-piste skiers dream about.
Saturday 23 January 2010
Switzerland's Didier Cuche notched his third World Cup race of the season yesterday by winning the Super G at Kitzbühel, handing hosts Austria a frustrating start to their biggest weekend of the Alpine skiing year. Cuche, who has won in three different disciplines this season, beat home pair Michael Walchhofer and Georg Streitberger into second and third place as he followed up his giant slalom win at Sölden and downhill in Lake Louise. Streitberger was 0.01sec behind his compatriot.
Saturday 16 January 2010
Monday 11 January 2010
The American Lindsey Vonn thrashed her rivals again to secure a hat-trick of wins at the weekend in the Austrian resort of Haus Im Ennstal after taking victory in a World Cup Super-G yesterday.
Monday 04 January 2010
Frenchwoman Sandrine Aubert claimed her second win of the season yesterday with victory in the World Cup slalom in Zagreb. Aubert, who also triumphed in Are, produced a brilliant second run to triumph in two minutes 0.36 seconds.
Tuesday 29 December 2009
Germany's Kathrin Hoelzl strengthened her position as No 1 giant slalom specialist with a World Cup win in Lienz yesterday, while overall leader Lindsey Vonn failed to finish after crashing and hurting her arm.
Sunday 27 December 2009
Sunday 15 November 2009
Germany's Maria Riesch edged out arch-rival Lindsey Vonn to win the season-opening women's World Cup slalom in Levi, Finland, yesterday. World champion Riesch posted a combined time of one minute 48.71 seconds in her favourite discipline, 0.08 sec ahead of the American Vonn.
Saturday 31 October 2009
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Toni Sailer: Olympic skiing champion of grace and power who went on to a career in films and pop music
Monday 31 August 2009
At the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Toni Sailer, who has died aged 73, not only became the first skier to sweep the Alpine triple crown, winning downhill, slalom and giant slalom, but did it with such domination that his margin of victory in the giant slalom has never been equalled. Sailer’s combination of grace and power was unmatched; rather than shave slalom gates he took a higher line, which meant a longer path but more speed, and demanded more control.
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