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Second Russian athlete tests positive for doping at Winter Olympics

Nadezha Sergeeva finished 12th in the bobsleigh this weekRussian curler was stripped of bronze medal on ThursdayNadezha Sergeeva, who finished 12th in the two-woman bobsleigh, has become the second Russian to test positive for a banned substance at the…

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‘No jerks allowed’: the egalitarianism behind Norway’s Winter Olympics success

Norway have powered to the top of the medals table on a budget a tenth of GB’s thanks to an inclusive approach based on camaraderie and grassroots participation“Yes! Old-fashioned is perfect!” chuckles Tom Tvedt, the president of Norway’s Olympic Commi…

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Ryding posts best British alpine skiing result for 30 years at Winter Olympics

Alpine skier rues spluttering first run as he finished ninthSweden’s Andre Myhrer claims a surprise goldIt was supposed to be a men’s slalom battle for the ages between Austria’s Marcel Hirscher and the Norwegian Henrik Kristofferson – with a British s…

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British men left to rue disastrous ninth end as Swiss curlers advance

Switzerland score five points at death to win 9-5‘We deserved a better destiny than this,’ says GB coach The British men’s team’s hopes of a surprise Olympic curling medal unravelled in spectacular fashion after a disastrous ninth end led to them losin…

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Eve Muirhead stuns Canada to steer GB women into curling semi-finals

• Muirhead scores two points on final end in 6-5 defeat of favourites• GB men face play-off against Switzerland for semi-final spotBritain’s women curling team are within touching distance of a Winter Olympics medal after beating the favourites Canada …

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I wasn’t ready to let go of Olympic dream, says Elise Christie

Injured Christie was disqualified in 1,000m heats in final medal tiltShort-track star has talked to other sports but ‘heart lies on the ice’Elise Christie has acknowledged that she had little chance of a Winter Olympics medal after damaging her ankle –…

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Is Elise Christie Olympic nightmare down to bad luck or bad racing? | Sean Ingle

One or two slices of misfortune would be natural. But a run of six successive crashes or disqualifications at a Winter Olympics is harder to explain awayEach time Elise Christie has stepped on to the ice at these Winter Olympics, there has been a gnawi…

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Ski jumper Noriaki Kasai, 45, promises to return at 2022 Winter Olympics

‘I’m not going to try, I will definitely be there,’ he saysJapanese athlete eyes ninth Winter Games in BeijingJapan’s ski jump legend Noriaki Kasai, who made history by competing in his eighth Winter Olympics at the age of 45, says he will “definitely”…

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‘Robbed of moment of glory’: Norwegian curlers want special medal ceremony

Magnus Nedregotten and Kristin Skaslien came fourthPair may yet win bronze after Russian’s doping chargeThe Norwegian curlers who missed out on a bronze medal due to Russian doping want Winter Olympics organisers to hold a new podium ceremony for them …

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Elise Christie back on course for 1,000m short-track after injury all-clear

Medal hope back skating after crashing out in 1500m semiMike Hay hits back at charges speed skater is mentally weakIt was Sir Winston Churchill who said: “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” And having tweeted a photo of herself making a Churchi…

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Russian curler banished from Winter Olympics after failed drug test

Alexander Krushelnitsky tests positive for meldoniumSet to be stripped of mixed curling bronze, won with wifeThe Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky has been formally charged with a doping offence by the Court of Arbitration for Sport after testing …

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Lizzy Yarnold: inspiring kids and knitting are post-Olympics priorities

• UK’s greatest Winter Olympian ‘won’t pursue celebrity’• Yarnold is not ruling out a tilt at third gold in 2022It took Lizzy Yarnold four years to weave together the myriad threads required to defend her skeleton title. Yet hours after becoming Britai…

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Russian curler fails Winter Olympics drug test

• OAR confirm ‘possible violation of anti-doping rules’• IOC banned Russia from Pyeongchang over doping at SochiA Russian athlete who won bronze in the mixed curling at the Winter Olympics has failed a preliminary drug test, putting his medal into jeop…

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Elise Christie suffers further Winter Olympics agony after crashing out again

• British speed skater taken off ice on stretcher after semi-final crash• Collision with Chinese athlete Li Jinyu on final corner takes pair outBritain’s Elise Christie has been taken to hospital for scans after a dramatic crash in the women’s 1,500m s…

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‘Stoked’ Izzy Atkin becomes Britain’s first Olympic medal-winning skier

• US-born 19-year-old wins bronze in the ladies’ ski slopestyle• Switzerland’s Sarah Hoefflin takes goldIzzy Atkin became the first British skier to win an Olympic medal after a nerveless final run earned her bronze in the ladies’ ski slopestyle.The 19…

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How Dom Parsons turned a hangover cure into Olympic success

Bronze medallist ruined his first GB skeleton trial by getting drunk the night before but 11 years later he is a national heroIt was hardly the most auspicious start on a journey to Olympic glory. When Dom Parsons was first invited to the Team GB skele…

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James Woods: ‘It’s the renegade lifestyle that is appealing’

James Woods is going for gold in ski slopestyle having suffered injury and disappointment in Sochi four years ago when favouriteWhen James Woods told his parents, aged 15, he wanted to leave Sheffield to ski and study in Austria, they feared he was run…

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Dom Parsons wins bronze for Britain’s first Winter Olympic medal

Skeleton racer benefits from mistake by Martins DukursBriton’s game-changing skinsuit makes differenceDom Parsons produced the performance of his career to claim Britain’s first medal at these Winter Olympics with bronze in the men’s skeleton. The 30-y…

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Medics took over an hour to pull my boot off, says injured Katie Ormerod

• Briton still in Seoul hospital after breaking heel in Olympic training• ‘The doctors had never seen an injury like that in snowboarding’Katie Ormerod, who was one of Team GB’s biggest hopes for a Winter Olympics medal in Pyeongchang before the snowbo…

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How the salesman and the actor came to live their crazy skeleton dream

Akwasi Frimpong sold vacuum cleaners door to door while Anthony Watson turned down a Broadway part in The Lion King to make it to the Winter Olympics in PyeongchangOne is a former illegal immigrant from Ghana who sold vacuum cleaners door to door to fu…