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Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018: ‘the Games of new horizons’? | Sean Ingle

Russian scandal couldn’t overshadow spectacular sport and thawing relations between North and South KoreaMoments before the XXIII Winter Games ended amid a furious barrage of K-pop and firecrackers, the president of the International Olympic Committee,…

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IOC bans athletes from marching under Russian flag in closing ceremony

Decision comes after two athletes from Russia failed drug testsHowever IOC said Russian Olympic ban could be overturned soonRussian athletes will not be allowed to march under their country’s flag at Sunday’s closing ceremony because of their two faile…

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Bobsleigh duo Mica McNeill and Mica Moore make most of crowd-funding

• Pair achieve best ever British finish in event with eighth place• Athletes appealed to public after their funding was pulledThe crowd-funded duo of Mica McNeill and Mica Moore achieved Britain’s best ever result in the women’s bobsleigh on Wednesday …

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Nigeria women’s bobsleigh team make breakthrough for Africa on ice

Seun Adigun and Akuoma Omeoga will not win a medal but reached a significant landmark as Africa’s first-ever Olympians in the eventGrowing up in Nigeria, Kola Adigun never imagined he would be sitting on a freezing mountain in South Korea watching his …

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Overexposed: Gabriella Papadakis and Winter Olympic wardrobe malfunctions

At recent Games there have been a series of wardrobe woes and costume mishaps … with the French ice dancer being just the latestThe French ice dancers Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron have made Winter Olympics headlines for all the wrong reaso…

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Jamaican bobsleighers face Olympic drama after ‘destructive’ coach quits

• Sandra Kiriasis quits as coach of the Jamaican bobsleigh team• Jamaica’s first female Winter Olympians begin campaign next weekSandra Kiriasis has quit as coach of the Jamaican bobsleigh team a few days before the start of their competition and has b…

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The Joy of Six: who to watch at the Winter Olympics | Sean Ingle and Bryan Armen Graham

From British speed skater Elise Christie to American prodigy Nathan Chen, via Nigeria’s unlikely bobsleigh team, a unified Korean women’s ice hockey side and moreFour years have passed since Elise Christie had an Olympic silver medal ripped from her in…

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The life and death of Steve Holcomb, forever seeking that perfect line

The American bobsledder with a passion for speed won Olympic gold in 2010 and double bronze in 2014 but will be much missed at Pyeongchang 2018 after his death last yearThere are countless routes down the mountain, but Steve Holcomb only cared about on…

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Bobsledder Mica McNeill: ‘We hit the crowdfunding target and I was in tears’

Mica McNeill was ‘heartbroken, gobsmacked and so angry’ when she lost her Olympic funding – but a remarkable response from the public means she will be on the start line in PyeongchangI can tell Mica McNeill is a fighter even before hearing her story o…

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Mica McNeill: British bobsleigher crowdfunding her place at Olympics – video

After financial ‘mismanagement’ at British Bobsleigh ended Mica McNeill’s hopes of a place at the 2018 Winter Olympics, she decided to crowdfund the money needed to complete her season and remain in contention. She did so successfully, in just five day…

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British Bobsleigh’s head coach said ‘black drivers do not make good bobsleigh drivers’

• New head coach Lee Johnston was disciplined over remarks made in 2013
• BBSA’s financial management also questioned after £500,000 spent on sled

The new head coach of British Bobsleigh, Lee Johnston, who was promoted to the position just over a fortnight ago, was formally disciplined and warned as to his future conduct after making derogatory remarks about black drivers in 2013, the Guardian can reveal.

Johnston, a 12-times British champion who went to the Winter Olympics in 1998, 2002 and 2006 before becoming a coach, was accused of saying to a member of the squad, Toby Olubi, “I knew you would be late because you are black”, and later in the same training session, on 4 July 2013, “Black drivers do not make good bobsleigh drivers.”

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British bobsleigh driver attacks decision to cut funding for women’s team

• Mica McNeill says decision to keep three men’s teams is ‘confusing’
• UK Sport monitoring bobsleigh’s governing body after ‘overspend’

The decision to continue funding all three men’s British bobsleigh teams while cutting financial backing for the only women’s crew has been branded “confusing” by the driver who started an online campaign to keep her Olympic dream afloat.

Mica McNeill said she wants people at the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association to be held accountable after financial “mismanagement” led to a £50,000 overspend at the governing body.

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British women’s bobsleigh team loses funding ahead of 2018 Winter Olympics

• Top female driver forced to plead for money on crowdfunding website
• Three men’s teams escape cuts imposed by British Bobsleigh

The crisis at British Bobsleigh has worsened with news that the women’s team is to be stripped of all funding five months before the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Already beset by allegations of bullying, racism and harassment, the sport’s governing body now faces being accused of sexism in the way it allocates its funding.

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British bobsleigh coach quits just five months before 2018 Winter Olympics

• Dominik Scherrer cites disagreements over strategy
• Sport hit by allegations of bullying and discrimination

The coach of British Bobsleigh has resigned in the wake of allegations of bullying and discrimination within the Olympic programme.

Dominik Scherrer has left less than five months before the start of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Although he is not personally accused of any wrongdoing he claimed a change in strategy at the governing body had made him feel unable to do his job. Bobsleigh is one of several sports which has undergone an independent review after being implicated in the duty of care scandal afflicting British Olympic and Paralympic sport.

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British Bobsleigh team told: keep quiet about bullying or miss Olympics

• Athletes warned not to complain about authoritarian atmosphere
• Team members liken ‘toxic’ culture to that in British Cycling

British Bobsleigh warned athletes they could lose their chance of competing at the Olympics if they dared to speak out publicly about issues such as bullying, sexism and racism, the Observer can reveal. An email seen by this newspaper also shows that athletes and staff were threatened with legal action weeks before the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi if they talked publicly about an affair between a male coach, who was on British Bobsleigh’s three-person selection panel, and a female athlete.

Related: GB bobsleigh coach accused of racism as welfare crisis in Olympic sport grows

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Sochi stripped of February’s bobsleigh and skeleton world championships

• IBSF felt increased pressure after second McLaren report
• 2014 Winter Olympics venue ‘nearly impossible to appreciate’

Sochi has been stripped of February’s bobsleigh and skeleton world championships in the wake of the second McLaren report into state-sponsored doping in Russia.

The International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) had come under increasing pressure to take the event away from the 2014 Winter Olympics host city after the damning report last week by the Canadian law professor Richard McLaren which implicated more than 1,000 Russian athletes in a state-sponsored doping programme, including many Winter Olympians.

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Latvia skeleton team to boycott world championships in Russia

• Decision on Sochi taken in response to Russian doping scandal
• ‘We are not participating in a place where Olympic spirit was stolen in 2014’

Latvia will not send its skeleton athletes to the 2017 world championships in Sochi – the first such announcement by any national team in response to the Russia doping scandal.

Related: Second McLaren report: five questions on the Russian doping scandal

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Latvia skeleton team to boycott world championships in Russia

• Decision on Sochi taken in response to Russian doping scandal
• ‘We are not participating in a place where Olympic spirit was stolen in 2014’

Latvia will not send its skeleton athletes to the 2017 world championships in Sochi – the first such announcement by any national team in response to the Russia doping scandal.

Related: Second McLaren report: five questions on the Russian doping scandal

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GB bobsleigh medal hopes dashed by crash in world championships

• Lamin Deen’s crew avoid serious injury in accident in Igls
• GB crew had been in fourth place going into the final two runs

Great Britain’s bobsleigh team emerged unscathed from a dramatic crash that wrecked their hopes of a first four-man medal in 77 years at the world championships in Igls on Sunday.

The GB1 crew piloted by Lamin Deen had high hopes of ending the wait after going into the final two runs of the competition sitting in fourth place, only 0.02 seconds off bronze. But their push to make up time on the teams above them cost them dear as their sled rolled over out of corner nine and careered down the rest of the course on its side.

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Elana Meyers Taylor: ‘Some don’t want to see this happening. But it’s happening’

The American bobsleigh pilot will make history on Saturday competing against men at the World Cup in Calgary and hopes to change attitudes towards women in sport generally Continue reading…