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.

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Provided the fog doesn't cast an embarrassing shroud over Whistler this evening, the men's downhill offers a sparkling start to proceedings.

James Lawton: Rogge must move beyond sorrow into the business of hard decision

The death of 21-year-old Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili will be many things to many people, from the tragic loss of a brave young athlete to an inevitable misadventure in a sport too fast and too dangerous.

Athlete killed on Olympics course

Georgian luge competitor collides with unpadded steel column after leaving track on notorious final bend

A chill wind greets the Winter Games

Vancouver looks like the perfect Olympic host city, but behind the pristine image lies an urban decay and deprivation that threatens to unleash a wave of protests

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Observations: A sporting chance for Devo

Ski Sunday's stirring theme-tune apart, winter sports and credible music have rarely gone together. Snowboarders seem to exist on an aural diet of skate punk and pumping dance anthems. All this is set to change, though, with the musical diet of the 2010 Winter Olympics that open in Vancouver, Canada, tonight.

Blatter jokes about Terry 'affair'

John Terry would have been applauded in some countries rather than sacked as national team captain for having an alleged affair, according to FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

Shin injury leaves Vonn facing fitness race

Lindsey Vonn's chances of claiming Olympic gold to complete her much-decorated CV have been put in doubt after the overwhelming favourite for the women's downhill, and the US team's stellar name, disclosed that she is carrying an injury.

All GB athletes drug tested before Games

All British athletes competing at the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games will have been tested at least once before the competition begins in Vancouver, UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) announced yesterday.

iPod-generation Olympic athletes relax in digital village

An electronic graffiti wall, Wii consoles, DJ mash-ups and iPods for massage time - the Vancouver Olympic Village is plugged in to this generation of hip, digital athletes.

Manny Osborne-Paradis: 'In the downhill, anything can go wrong – fast'

'The Manimal' is Canada's big hope in the Winter Olympics – and he's no average alpine purist. Robin Scott-Elliot speaks to the lovable thrill-seeker who's afraid of heights

Britain's Winter Olympic hopes and other eye-catching events

The Winter Olympics get underway in Vancouver this Friday.

Washington frolics in 'snowmageddon'

Residents of Washington DC began the heavy task yesterday of digging out from one of the biggest snowstorms on record. Transport networks were paralysed but the capital was left with a fairyland cladding of snow, triggering a monster snowball fight on Dupont Circle, just blocks from the White House.

City slicker: Vancouver

The world will be watching this Canadian city when the Winter Olympics open here on Friday. Cori Howard reveals the sights to see away from the ski slopes

Snow report: It's all quiet on Whistler's pistes – but are there any rooms left?

When the resort of Whistler opened 40 years ago, its dream was to host the Winter Olympics.

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