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Author Archive for Martin Belam

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Republic of Ireland U17s furious after keeper sent off during penalty shootout

James Corcoran penalised for coming off line in deciding kickNetherlands progress to semi-final after scoring re-takeMonday’s Under-17 European Championship quarter-final between the Netherlands and Republic of Ireland ended in acrimony after Irish goa…

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Cost to fill Panini World Cup sticker book is £734, says maths prof

But Paul Harper calculates that swapping duplicates with friends will reduce cost to about £250 A maths professor from Cardiff has calculated that filling this year’s World Cup sticker book will cost collectors £773.60. Prof Paul Harper has devised a f…

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Winter Paralympics: the best bits from the Pyeongchang Games

Records tumbled as South Korea hosted the biggest and most-watched edition of the Winter Paralympics to dateThe 12th Winter Paralympics have come to an end in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Here are a pick of the highlights from 10 days of action, featuring…

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Winter Paralympics closing ceremony: South Korea bids farewell to the Games

Folk music, K-pop and tributes to Stephen Hawking – the 12th Winter Paralympics have come to a spectacular end in PyeongchangThe traditional closing ceremony has brought the curtain down on the 2018 Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang. If you didn’t get …

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Winter Paralympics: Menna Fitzpatrick wins Britain’s first gold on final day

Teenager becomes Britain’s most decorated Winter ParalympianUSA beat Canada to gold in thrilling para ice hockey finalOn the last day of competition in Pyeongchang, 19-year-old Menna Fitzpatrick won Britain’s first gold of the Winter Paralympics in the…

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Oksana Masters: from Chernobyl to Pyeongchang Paralympics golds

Born with defects attributed to radiation from Chernobyl, the skier will be taking two gold medals home to the US woman who adopted herAfter finally winning a first Paralympic gold medal in Pyeongchang this week the USA’s Oksana Masters said: “I did no…

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Winter Paralympics day seven: Medals for Brenna Huckaby and Bibian Mentel-Spee

Day seven in Pyeongchang saw double gold for Germany in the biathlon, a second gold medal for cancer survivor Bibian Mentel-Spee, and controversy in the wheelchair curling between Canada and ChinaOn day seven of the Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang Ge…

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From shark attack survivor to para-snowboarder: the Sean Pollard story

The Australian is competing in Pyeongchang less than four years after suffering life-changing injuries in an attack by two Great White sharks Paralympians enter their chosen sport for all sorts of reasons – whether they have experienced a life-long dis…

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Britain’s Menna Fitzpatrick wins her third medal at Winter Paralympics

• Fitzpatrick and Jen Kehoe second in visually impaired giant slalom• Kelly Gallagher and Gary Smith miss out on medal, finishing fifthOn a day with 36 medals up for grabs, Slovakia’s Henrieta Farkasova and Natalia Subrtova took their fourth gold medal…

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He only sees snow once a year: meet the youngest Winter Paralympian

Cristian Ribera, 15, finishes sixth in cross-country skiingBritain’s Menna Fitzpatrick wins second medal of GamesCristian Ribera is not only the youngest participant in the Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics, but by coming sixth in the men’s cross-country …

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Pyeongchang sets new record for Winter Paralympics ticket sales

More than 320,000 tickets sold for 12th Winter Paralympics‘The number of visitors from overseas has also been a joy to see’With five days of competition left to go, the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics has already set a new record for ticket sales, sur…

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Bibian Mentel-Spee takes Paralympic gold two months after cancer surgery

Dutch snowboarder retains her Olympic title despite spending much of 2017 undergoing radiation and surgical treatment for tumoursBibian Mentel-Spee of the Netherlands retained her Olympic snowboard cross title at the Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang –…

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Winter Olympics: hits and misses from the Pyeongchang Games

With the 2018 Games behind us, here is a look at some of the highs and lows of South Korea’s Winter OlympicsNorth Korea sent more synchronised cheerleaders than athletes to Pyeongchang, and everywhere they went the women were constantly photographed an…

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Fast boat to Korea: Elizabeth Swaney’s choppy, trick-free Olympic odyssey

The Hungary skier’s halfpipe performance provoked mocking headlines, but she’s been pursuing her Olympic dream for more than half a decadeEarlier this week the world witnessed the sight of one of the least ambitious ski runs in Olympic history, as Eliz…

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Norse code: what’s the secret of the Norwegians’ Winter Olympics success?

Hailing from a nation of only 5.2 million people, Norway’s squad is outperforming teams from much bigger countries – and, no, it’s not just because they have so much snowEleven days into the competition, Norway sit top of the medal table, out-performin…

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Norway’s curlers and their incredible Winter Olympic trousers – ranked

The Norwegian men’s curling team have become notorious for appearing in outlandish trouser designs. We look at some of the highlightsSince the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010, the Norwegian men’s curling team have made a name for themselves by wearin…

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Seasonal jobs: athletes competing at Summer and Winter Olympics

By competing at Rio 2016 and Pyeongchang 2018, Tonga’s bare-chested flag-bearer joins a select few in Olympic historyWith his shirtless appearances at the opening ceremonies in Rio and Pyeongchang, Tonga’s Pita Taufatofua has become the very public fac…

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Spot the sport – take our Winter Olympics picture quiz

Can you identify the Olympic discipline from these zoomed-in pictures of the equipment in Pyeongchang?One of the joys of the Winter Olympics is discovering – or re-discovering – sports that you aren’t that familiar with. But how keenly have you been wa…

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The LGBT athletes making history at the 2018 Winter Olympics

LGBT Olympians have been more prominent than at any other Games, with a first gold and rows with the US vice-presidentPyeongchang’s Olympics have seen athletes more open and public about their sexuality than ever before, with Canada’s Eric Radford beco…

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Highlights – and awkward moments – from Winter Olympics opening ceremony

Pyeongchang’s Games officially opened with fireworks, a Trump imposter, unfamiliar flags and a familiar topless TonganThe 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang have officially begun with the traditional spectacle of an elaborate and, at times, confusing …