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.

Skiing: Mayer turns the tables on `the Hermannator'

HERMANN MAIER suffered his second defeat in quick succession yesterday when his fellow Austrian, Christian Mayer, beat him in to second place in a giant slalom in Saalbach.

SKIING: Chenal produces upset to deprive Maier

JOEL CHENAL took the first World Cup win of his career yesterday and in doing so, prevented Austria's Hermann Maier completing a hat-trick of consecutive giant slalom victories.

Skiing: Schifferer the swifter

ANDREAS SCHIFFERER of Austria won yesterday's World Cup downhill to wreck the Italian Kristian Ghedina's hopes of an historic double victory in back- to-back races here.

SKIING: Austrian benefits from new skis for slalom win

MICHAELA DORFMEISTER emerged as Austria's best hope to succeed the injured Alexandra Meissnitzer when she took her second successive giant slalom win of the Alpine World Cup season in Val d'Isere, France, yesterday.

Skiing: Kostner makes history for Italy in World Cup

ISOLDE KOSTNER took command of the women's World Cup by winning her second race of the season yesterday.

Skiing: Maier sets Super-G record in 11th win

HERMANN MAIER moved back to the top of the World Cup podium on Sunday as the Austrian won the men's super-G here for a record 11th victory in the discipline.

Skiing: French pair look to shine at home

THE FRENCH women's Alpine skiers hope to confirm their return to form this weekend on home snow when the World Cup circuit returns to European slopes in Serre Chevalier.

Skiing: Maier wins on `one leg'

ON ONE ski or two, Hermann Maier proved again on Saturday that he is currently the best skier in the world. The outstanding Austrian saw off the rest of the men's Alpine World Cup field to win the opening downhill of the season at Beaver Creek, Colorado, despite a misfortune early in his run.

Skiing: Maier is too fast for Swiss rival

THE AUSTRIAN Olympic champion, Hermann Maier, and Switzerland's Michael Von Grunigen fought to the final gate in the second giant slalom race of the World Cup season on Wednesday.


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Alpine skiing: Aamodt piles on the pressure

Alpine skiing: Aamodt piles on the pressure

Skiing: Meissnitzer double as snow hits super-G

IN THE end Alexandra Meissnitzer did not have to move a muscle to become the first Austrian to win the women's super-giant slalom World Cup.

SKIING: Mayer takes revenge

CHRISTIAN MAYER led an Austrian clean sweep in the final men's super-G of the season in Sierra Nevada, Spain, yesterday to effectively end Hermann Maier's chance of retaining his overall World Cup title. Mayer won in 1min 28.71sec from Andreas Schifferer, in 1:29.06, and Josef Strobl, in 1:29.53.

Skiing: First victory for Schifferer

ANDREAS SCHIFFERER, of Austria, won his first race of the year after an injury-plagued season and handed his World Cup downhill crown over to Norway's Lasse Kjus yesterday.

Skiing: Kostner sets the pace for downhill

ISOLDE KOSTNER posted yesterday's fastest training run for the women's World Cup sprint downhill event to be held tomorrow.
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