Sport Lizzy Yarnold is among the brightest hopes for Team GB in Sochi

A minimum target of three medals has been set - with as many as seven a possibility

A chill wind greets the Winter Games

Vancouver looks like the perfect Olympic host city, but behind the pristine image lies an urban decay and deprivation that threatens to unleash a wave of protests

Shelley Rudman & Kristan Bromley: 'It's beyond extreme. You need survival insticts'

The Brian Viner Interview: Olympic medallist and her partner are both taking on the world's fastest skeleton bob track in Whistler – at 90mph, on a glorified tea tray. A competitive couple? You could say that...

All GB athletes drug tested before Games

All British athletes competing at the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games will have been tested at least once before the competition begins in Vancouver, UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) announced yesterday.

Manny Osborne-Paradis: 'In the downhill, anything can go wrong – fast'

'The Manimal' is Canada's big hope in the Winter Olympics – and he's no average alpine purist. Robin Scott-Elliot speaks to the lovable thrill-seeker who's afraid of heights

City slicker: Vancouver

The world will be watching this Canadian city when the Winter Olympics open here on Friday. Cori Howard reveals the sights to see away from the ski slopes

Escape: The 101 hottest holiday destinations for 2010

From sun-worshipping on Bondi beach and experiencing the Olympian charm of Vancouver to bagging bag the ‘Big Five’ on safari in South Africa and a bling break in Russia’s glitziest city, our top writers reveals this year's travel hotspots...

Sport on TV: Sue out in cold but boys from the white stuff back on form

Poor old Sue Barker. Last week she might have expected some days in the sun at the Australian Open in Melbourne, given that Murray mania was rearing its curly head again, but where did the BBC send her? Freezing Tallinn in Estonia, to cover the European Figure Skating Championships (BBC2, Sunday).

Britain senses a golden opportunity in Vancouver

As they prepare for the Winter Olympics, Team GB know they head to Canada with a rare chance to shine

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Rudman romps home to lift Vancouver hopes

Great Britain's Shelley Rudman took the skeleton World Cup gold in St Moritz yesterday, while her partner Kristan Bromley took silver in the men's race at the Switzerland track.

BBC 'must end obsession with targeting under-35s'

Leave live sports and game shows to commercial channels, says Tory think-tank
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