Sport Alexander Zubkov’s four-man bobsleigh team celebrate gold for Russia

Mission accomplished for Putin as host nation finishes top of medals list

Terrorists kill three holidaymakers in Russian ski resort

Three Russian tourists were shot dead in an apparent terrorist attack near a ski resort in the south of the country at the weekend. The killings further dented Moscow's ambitious plan to turn the troubled North Caucasus region into a world-class ski destination and promote the sport ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics, which will be held at the nearby resort of Sochi.

Youth Winter Olympics: Moynihan Jr flies down the slippery slope to success

British skiing has been in the deep freeze for some years now. Not that it was ever really hot stuff, most of the nation's wintry successes coming via the ice age of daredevil bobbers, sequinned skaters or the inimitable dancing feet of T and D. So it is heartening to learn that there is a teenage skier whose burgeoning talent is warming the cockles for the future.

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

Sled dogs culled 'cruelly' when tour bookings fell

About 100 sled dogs were killed inhumanely and dumped in a mass grave when a tour operator's bookings dropped sharply after the 2010 Winter Olympics.

The <i>IoS</i> Save Our Scotsmen's survival guide: How to make the best of it, win or lose

You're a Scot living "dahn saff". You work in England. Many of your chums are English. Maybe even your children think they're English, except the nice middle one who occasionally wears her dark blue shirt to ingratiate herself with her old dad. Football's your game, but you take your victories where you can find them. Curling at the Winter Olympics, for example. Elephant polo. George Galloway travelling to the States and sticking it up the Senate. Desperate? Maybe.

Russians name Muslim convert as prime suspect for airport bombing

Security sources have named an ethnic Russian Christian who converted to Islam as the prime suspect in Monday's deadly suicide bombing at a Moscow airport.

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.

The Big Picture: this event was always going to survive the snow...

Competitors in the women's FIS Cross-Country World Cup take part in a 4x5km relay in the French ski resort of La Clusaz yesterday.

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.

Skiing: Alcott to miss season after breaking leg

British skier Chemmy Alcott's season is over before it has begun after it was confirmed last night that she would miss the entire campaign following her leg-break in Canada. The 28-year-old was involved in a high-speed crash in the final training session before the opening women's World Cup downhill race in Alberta.

Old foes, nasty news, John Major Syndrome, and an arresting outfit

<b>David Randall</b>: The two Yemeni parcel bombs discovered on planes 10 days ago carried not only the addresses of Chicago synagogues but also, above them, a pair of intriguing names.

WPP revenue growth is the 'best in a decade'

The advertising giant WPP shrugged off the downturn to post the largest quarterly revenue boost in a decade, as traditional media advertising and its operations in the US "bite back".

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Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

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