Parisian skaters seek cycle status

ANY VISITOR to Paris will have noticed, if not physically encountered, the Rollerbladers. Whether swerving betweentourists on the Champs-Elysees, or jumping traffic lights, they are an odd mixture of pedestrian and vehicle.

It will survive

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Ice Skating: Judges face tough action

THE INTERNATIONAL Skating Union (ISU) yesterday promised tough action against two judges if they are found to have colluded during the pairs final at the World Figure Skating Championships in Helsinki.

Ice skating: ISU to review pairs judging

CONTROVERSY HAS always been a part of the sport of figure skating and this year's World Championships in Helsinki have sparked one.

Ice skating: Main's withdrawal ends British interest

STEPHANIE MAIN, the British champion, could not take part in the first stage of the ladies competition at the World Figure Skating Championships in Helsinki yesterday.

Ice skating: Russians just a waltz from win

ANJELIKA KRYLOVA and Oleg Ovsiannikov took the lead in the ice dance and were helped in their quest to retain the world title by an intense tussle for second place yesterday.

Ice Skating: Russians ready for showdown

YEVGENY PLUSHENKO and Alexei Yagudin set up another Russian free- skating showdown in Helsinki yesterday by taking the top two positions in the men's short programme at the World Figure Skating Championships.

Ice skating: Britons slip up in qualifiers

BRITAIN MADE a poor start on the opening day of the World Figure Skating Championships in Helsinki with both Clive Shorten and Neil Wilson failing to qualify for the second and third stages of the men's competition.

Travel: The City of Angels on two wheels

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People and Business: Flippin' mad

JAYNE TORVILL, the ice dancer, will be at the Broadgate Arena Ice Rink today to launch the City's Pancake Race on Ice.The event is in aid of the Colon Cancer Concern charity.

Ice skating: Butyrskaya sends out a warning to Kwan

THE RUSSIANS dominated at the European Championships and the American world champion Michelle Kwan had better beware in Helsinki in March. Kwan may struggle to hold off the rampaging Russians who won all three medals on Saturday, just as their men had last week. They took all four titles for the third successive year and nine of the 12 medals on offer.

Sport on TV: Surreal Sue, the fall of Ball and figures of fun

Today's sporting great was born on VE Day," Eamonn Holmes said at the start of his interview with Alan Ball (Sporting Greats, BBC2) on Monday afternoon. "For the last 18 years," he added, "he has been heavily involved in the roller-coaster ride that is football management."

Ice Skating: Butyrskaya starts European defence in style

MARIA BUTYRSKAYA, the 26-year-old Russian, made a good start to the defence of her European figure skating title by winning her qualifying group yesterday.

BRYSON'S AMERICA: Don't say I haven't tested my body to the limit

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