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Elizabeth Yarnold during the FIBT women's skeleton world cup in Utah

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She did not choose bob skeleton, it was chosen for her, yet the brave Brit has medal chances at this week's World Championships

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Say your young daughter is struggling to take her cycling to the next level, sobbing when you suggest removing the stabilisers from her bike. What do you do? Given that nothing is too good for your little girl, you call in Sir Bradley Wiggins to give her lessons.

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Last season saw the fourth successive decline in the numbers of Brits heading to the ski slopes. Overall, numbers are down by more than a quarter since the economic crash, according to annual surveys by the UK's biggest operator Crystal and the non-profit Ski Club of Great Britain.

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A world-famous winter warmer

Patrick Thorne heads for a notoriously glitzy Swiss resort – and falls in love with the place

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The Andean eco-region of the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve starts at 4,200m above sea level and covers more than 700,000 hectares in the far south-west of Bolivia.

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A mountain high in Austria's tyrol

The Alps aren't just a winter playground – summer visitors have the chance to revel in their delicate beauty

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Few Italians and even fewer foreigners make it to Friuli Venezia Giulia or Friuli VG as its known, the mountainous region north of Venice that borders Austria and Slovenia. But those who do are unlikely to regret it.

Mont Blanc claims two more lives

Two more climbers have died on Mont Blanc following the deaths of nine people last week in an avalanche – the highest death toll in almost 50 years.

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