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: 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 in Are, Sweden.

SKIING: 'Meissi' puts her name in lights

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Skiing: Kjus chases famous five

LASSE KJUS, the Norwegian who has been an irresistible force on the skiing circuit this winter, goes for his fifth medal from five starts when he races in the slalom in the World Championships in Vail, Colorado, today.

Skiing: Hat-trick no worry for Maier

HERMANN MAIER believes he can complete his hat-trick of World Championship gold medals in today's giant slalom.

Skiing: Maier prepared to face `Birds of Prey'

THE PISTE is called "The Birds of Prey" but Hermann Maier has no intention of doing any flying in the World Championship downhill at Beaver Creek, Colorado. A year ago, the Austrian memorably hurtled through the air to disaster at the Nagano Winter Olympics but came back to win two golds.

Skiing: Austrian delight

ALEXANDRA MEISSNITZER, Renate Gotschl and Michaela Dorfmeister will never be mistaken for the Spice Girls but they still managed to strike a blow for Girl Power in Beaver Creek, Colorado, yesterday.

Dead skier's estate will get rescue bill

SWISS OFFICIALS say they plan to bill the estate of a British skier for pounds 22,000 after blaming him for starting an avalanche in which he died.

Skiing: Maier adds world gold to his haul

THIS TIME last year, Austria's Hermann Maier had acquired an all- conquering reputation but had still not won a major title. On Tuesday he was a winner at the World Championships in Vail, Colorado, adding the super-giant slalom gold to a tally that now includes every major title Alpine skiing has to offer.

Skiing: Kjus wins amid falls

LASSE KJUS stormed to his fourth World Cup downhill win of the season in a Norwegian one-two with Kjetil Andre Aamodt in Kitzbuhel yesterday.

Skiing: Ortlieb suffers horrific accident

PATRICK ORTLIEB, Austria's former world and Olympic downhill champion, suffered a career-threatening broken thigh and other serious injuries yesterday when he crashed in training for this weekend's World Cup races here, putting his future career in doubt.

Skiing: Groundhog day for `Herminator'

HERMANN MAIER had been hoping to take a short break before next month's Alpine World Championships. Instead, the Austrian double Olympic champion plans to put in some overtime and will be in the start hut for every World Cup race leading up to the Vail championships - including a pair of slaloms - starting with the treacherous Lauberhorn downhill today.

Skiing: Baxter set to do battle

THE THIRD day of racing at The 1999 British Land National Championships in Tignes, France, was hampered by heavy snowfall for the second consecutive day.

Skiing: Maier to race despite injury

THE DOUBLE Olympic champion Hermann Maier will ignore a back injury in order to compete at Wengen and Kitzbuhel, the two toughest downhill events on the Alpine circuit.

Skiing: Freshwater confirms his No 1 status

ANDREW FRESHWATER confirmed his status as Britain's No 1 men's downhill racer yesterday with a time of 1min 17.26sec to take the Ski Club of Great Britain Challenge Cup on the opening day of racing at The 1999 British Land National Alpine Ski Championships, held in perfect conditions in Tignes, France.

Skiing: Maier denies Raich's slalom hat-trick

HERMANN MAIER kept his word and held his nerve in Adelboden, Switzerland, yesterday to win a World Cup giant slalom ahead of his team-mate Benjamin Raich.
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