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X-treme: Roll on the good times

Rollerskiing started as a means of summer training for cross-country skiers in Scandinavia and Alpine countries. Recently, it has evolved into a sport in its own right, having gained year-round popularity in snow-free countries.

Ski jumping: Peterka keeps title despite last jump flop

PRIMOZ PETERKA, of Slovenia, retained the World Cup overall ski jumping title yesterday when he finished seventh in the final contest of the season on home soil at Planica, won by Noriaki Kasai of Japan.

Skiing: The flat of the land

There's more to skiing than screaming down the black runs and scaring the life out of your nearest and dearest. David Bowen took a gentler route across country - and found a few natural

Across the plateau we puffed, like joggers with impediments on our feet

IF YOU like the idea of wintry wildernesses but are appalled by the concept of downhill skiing why not try your hand at cross-country skiing instead? This was what I set out to do last month, up on the Seiseralm Plateau, one of the largest areas of high-level plateau in Europe, surrounded by the jagged Dolomites of Northern Italy.

Winter Olympics: Nagano in a nutshell

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Winter Olympics: Moon chosen to carry torch

A British anti-landmine activist, two world-class runners and three Olympic Nordic combined champions will be the final torch runners at the opening of the Nagano Olympic Winter Games in February.

Goldberger suspended

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Springtime thaw softens hard edge of the lethal season; MOSCOW DAYS

It has been a restless and fretful winter, and we will all be glad to see it end. Moscow has been seized by an unsettling climatic fever, a cycle of freezing and melting. A month ago it seemed to be spring, but then we were buried anew beneath a carpet of snow. Yesterday, after a weekend in which the heavens dumped four more inches on us, another thaw began.

Whatever happened to... Eddie `the Eagle' Edwards

Where eagles dare

Forget down, the wild set go across

It may be the most gruelling way to meet a grouse, but Nordic skiing is a healthy antidote to Scotland's crowded slopes. UK OUTDOORS

Reindeer country

Stephen Wood glides across Lapland on skis

Ski-jumping: Laitinen's fall was 'own fault'

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A comedy of bedside manners

THEATRE The Relapse The Swan, Stratford

Snow white in the cleaning business

Technology used to put powder on the pistes is helping in the rather less glamorous field of abrasive cleaning `Ice-blasting can strip paint from panels without marring the polish'

SKI JUMPING: Rookie causes upset

Reinhard Schwarzenberger, the Austrian teenager who had never previously qualified for a final jump-off, upset the favourites to win the first part of the prestigious Four Hills ski jumping event in Germany yesterday.
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Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

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