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.

Rents could top £2,000 a week during Games

In Vancouver, which hosted the 2010 Winter Games, landlords cashed in by forcing out tenants and selling houses

Aggreko signs Japanese power deal

A British firm today said it had signed a deal with the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan to supply emergency power.

P&G launches first ever UK corporate ads

Procter & Gamble will next weekend start promoting its own corporate brand for the first time in Britain, in addition to the outlay on campaigns for its 50-plus household products – from Pringles to Pampers to Pantene – which already make it the country's biggest advertiser.

Skiing: Goergl doubles up with downhill gold

Elisabeth Goergl stunned favourites Lindsey Vonn and Maria Riesch for the second time at the world Alpine ski championships yesterday, winning the downhill to add to her super-G title. The 29-year-old Austrian had never previously won a top-level downhill.

Skiing: Goergl takes gold as Vonn struggles

Austria's Elisabeth Goergl upstaged favourites Maria Riesch and Lindsey Vonn yesterday to snatch the women's Super-G gold in the opening event of the Alpine skiing world championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Winter Olympics chief knew of luge fears a year before athlete's death

Sport's federation voiced alarm over dangers of high-speed run

Winter Sports: Back-to-back skeleton wins edge Rudman closer to world crown

Shelley Rudman claimed her second consecutive World Cup victory in St Moritz yesterday to boost her chances of being crowned overall women's skeleton world champion in Cesana next week.

Williams struggles on return to the ice

The Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams returned to the ice for the first time since her famous triumph in Vancouver today with a 12th-place finish in the Skeleton World Cup race in Igls, Austria.

Eight arrested over masked asylum-seeker

Hong Kong authorities have arrested eight people suspected of helping to smuggle a young Chinese passenger – disguised as an elderly white man – on a flight to Canada.

The New Pornographers, Shepherds Bush Empire, London

The seven-piece Vancouver collective The New Pornographers somehow remain Canada's most underrated band.

Album: Chopin, Piano Concertos – Janina Fialkowska (Atma)

In 2002, a tumour was found in Janina Fialkowska's left arm, halting a career that began with Artur Rubinstein hailing her as his natural successor.

48 Hours In: Vancouver

The recent host of the Winter Olympics is the perfect location for an active city break, with three frosted ski resorts glinting invitingly in the mountains close to the city.

My Secret Life: Douglas Coupland, novelist and artist, 48

My parents were ... pleasingly disengaged from interfering with my life.

Quaid claims asylum for fear of LA stalkers

Randy Quaid, the American character actor who has starred in films as diverse as Independence Day, Brokeback Mountain, and the National Lampoon series, has been released from prison in Canada amid a convoluted legal drama which resembles the unlikely plot of one of his many Chevy Chase movies.

Investment Column: Investors should hold Aggreko's power

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