Sport Ice moves: Shiva Keshavan in Vancouver in 2010

When the athletes march into the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics next month, one flag you won't be seeing is the green, white, and saffron of India. Four Indian skiers will be participating in the games as independent athletes, but they won't be able to formally represent their country, since the Indian Olympic Association has been suspended by the International Olympic Committee since 2012.

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...

Best for urban encounters: Vancouver

I was in Vancouver twice last year. Both times, the day I left, it rained; thick, obdurate, rain falling out of a black sky. My hotel room windows looked as if they might dissolve. Gone were the superb vistas – mountains, the ocean, glass city. The deluge made it easier to say goodbye and was a reminder too that Vancouver is a very wet place most of the year.

Video gamers get their skates on for Winter Olympics

As top athletes from around the world gear up for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, video gamers can also lace up the skates or strap on the snowboard in a trio of titles bringing winter sports to life.

Claire Beale On Advertising: They've already got an app for that

Respect to Beattie McGuinness Bungay. As the world balanced on the edge of its seat last week to see Steve Jobs parading Apple's new iPad, BMB had already designed an app for it.

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

Vancouver gets set for the 2010 Winter Olympics – all it needs now is snow

Canadian hosts are praying for a cold snap to save skiing and snowboarding events, reports David Usborne

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Siblings on the slippery slope to celebrity status

The Kerrs may never emulate the feats of Torvill and Dean but at Winter Games they want to make Britain swoon again

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.

Dom Joly: It's pants, but I'm glued to Andre's hair

American wrestling is all bells and whistles, in huge stadiums full of scary-looking rednecks

Enjoy some fun and Games at Vancouver's city limits

All eyes are on Whistler ahead of the Winter Olympics, but there are resorts even closer to the host venue. Colin Nicholson reports

Outside Edge (27/12/09)

If you thought an hour and a half's brisk stroll through the mud would compensate for the Christmas Dinner, think again. The British Nutrition Foundation suggests you should have walked for at least seven hours to burn it off, while Professor Jo Doust recommends an 18-mile walk for men and 24 miles for women – seems a bit unfair, that, after spending all day cooking it. Or it's four hours' mountain-biking, six hours' horse-riding or a trek up Mount Snowdon to compensate for the 2,000-calorie blow-out. According to one of the scare stories doing the (very) rounds, four roast potatoes is the equivalent of your average daily calorific intake. More haste, less spud.

The year starts here: With new heights, new horizons and even new nations to explore, take the plunge into 2010

Adventure, culture or indulgence: whatever you seek in the coming year, let James Tennet, Ben Ross and Simon Calder inspire you.

Head west to North America for value this ski season

There are some great deals available at North American ski resorts this winter – but you'll have to move quickly, says Stephen Wood
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'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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