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.

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As the Winter Paralympics open in Vancouver, Colin Nicholson goes to Are, Sweden, where even serious spinal injury is no barrier

Martin hails golden 'dream'

Kevin Martin's curlers, snowboarder Jasey Jay Anderson and the speed skating team pursuit trio of Mathieu Giroux, Lucas Makowsky and Denny Morrison all won gold for Canada on the last weekend of the Games to ensure Vancouver will be remembered fondly by the host nation.

Dom Joly: Skis or board? Let the Wu-Tang decide

Four skiers line up in a small cabin while members of their Olympic team shout at them

Editor-At-Large: Oh, goodie! Another old bloke on TV!

I bumped into Michael Winner the other day. He has lost so much weight he's starting to look like a little silver pixie. I offered him a KitKat, but he graciously declined as he's on a strict diet. I wonder how a restaurant critic copes with militant calorie counting. His new series started on Friday: brave people invite Britain's rudest man for dinner, and then they cry. But it was Winner who was reduced to tears last week, moved by one woman's story.

The Long View, Radio 4<br/>The Winter Olympics, Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

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Leno returns to late night, but can he rule?

When late night TV host Jay Leno reclaims "The Tonight Show" on Monday, NBC is banking that the ratings spiral that marked Conan O'Brien's brief tenure as host will quickly fade to a dim memory.

Redgrave out to play Williams gold card

Skeleton star makes case for investing in future, urges Britain's greatest Olympian

Tom Sutcliffe: So it's yes to some drugs, no to others

Historically speaking any encounter between students and drugs has always resulted in a diminution of intelligence. At least it always did when I was at university when the two main drugs of choice - alcohol and marijuana - were widely regarded as antithetical to brainwork. They could be a reward for intellectual endeavour, or an escape from it. But very few people believed that either made you cleverer. And it wasn't difficult to see the truth of this even when you were under the influence.

Tim Walker: 'All you get of the grand sporting narrative at the Olympics is the epilogue'

The Couch Surfer: 'None of the world's most troublesome players &ndash; terrorists, oil barons, bankers &ndash; has a team'

Dom Joly: Polite Canadians tip Balding over edge

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Olympics in Brief: British hopes in balance after loss

Curling: Britain's men face a fight to reach the semi-finals after losing to Canada 7-6. The hosts handed David Murdoch's side their third defeat in six games with just three games remaining in their round-robin schedule. With no room for slip-ups following two defeats in the opening five matches, Britain went into the game on a run of four successive wins over Kevin Martin's side, including last year's World Championship final in New Brunswick. In front of a raucous crowd Canada took a 2-0 lead in the second before Murdoch (left) brought Britain back with the final stone to close the third end. Britain then went 4-3 up half-way through only for Canada to tie at 5-5. A wrong line on the final throw gave Canada victory and left Murdoch's team fourth in the group ahead of last night's game with the US.

Sport on TV: Dr Ice keeps his cool as double lugers huddle up to keep warm

Rumours that the greatest apologist – sorry, golfer – in the world, Tiger Woods, has been summoned by the organisers of the Winter Olympics to say sorry for the lack of snow are unfounded. But it might not be a bad idea for him to go up to Vancouver. Relations between the serial cheat and his wife Elin are so icy that he is not just walking around under a cloud, he's enswirled in a full-scale blizzard. But frigid he ain't.

Winter Olympics Notebook: Skater not 'true champ'

Figure Skating: Men's figure-skating silver medallist, Yevgeny Plushenko, has claimed Evan Lysacek (who won the gold), is not a "true champion" because he did not attempt a quadruple jump, the move considered the most difficult in figure skating, in either Tuesday's short or Thursday's free programmes. Oooh, get him. Lyasek doesn't seem too bothered.

James Lawton: Too many thrills can turn the greatest contest into no more than a lottery

As America's sweetheart Lindsey Vonn crashes out, do athletes have a right to expect safer conditions?
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