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.

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

Leading article: Frozen fun

Squeeze into the Lycra, don that helmet and sharpen those skates, for the Winter Olympics are upon us. The frozen Games never get the same attention as their summer counterpart, which is very unfair considering the range of attractions on offer, from the psychotic madness of the skeleton and the bobsleigh, to the rather more relaxed (though no less competitive) charms of curling.

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.

Shelley Rudman & Kristan Bromley: 'It's beyond extreme. You need survival insticts'

The Brian Viner Interview: Olympic medallist and her partner are both taking on the world's fastest skeleton bob track in Whistler – at 90mph, on a glorified tea tray. A competitive couple? You could say that...

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

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.

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.

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.

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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