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Katarina Johnson-Thompson: ‘There have been some hard times … dad definitely spurred me on’

Heptathlete has overcome family bereavement to claim silver this summer but believes she can improve in her bid to be world No 1Someone actually said to me ‘You look like you’ve just been run over’ the day after I won my heptathlon silver medal in…

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Ellie Soutter death: father criticises demands on young athletes

Team GB snowboarder died a short time after missing a flight to train with her squadThe father of the British snowboarder Ellie Soutter who died suddenly on her 18th birthday believes the intense pressure of competing in elite-level sport may have cont…

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Team GB snowboarder Ellie Soutter dies aged 18

• BOA pays tribute to popular snowboarder• Soutter won medal at European Youth Olympic Winter FestivalThe British Olympic Association has paid tribute to Ellie Soutter after the snowboarder died on her 18th birthday.Announcing her death the BOA chairma…

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Holly Bradshaw wins pole vault as Britain sit fifth in Athletics World Cup

• Team captain Lorraine Ugen leaps 6.86m in long jump• United States lead after day one, with Fracne secondHolly Bradshaw cleared 4.75m in the women’s pole vault to give Britain its first victory in the Athletics World Cup, a new eight-team event at th…

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Greg Rutherford retires: ‘I just don’t want to be in pain every day of my life’ | Sean Ingle

Exclusive: The former Olympic long jump champion will retire after the summer due to ongoing injury and has his sights on cycling“At times I am in so much pain I can’t even sit on the floor and play with my two kids,” says Greg Rutherford as he revs hi…

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Olympic success under threat from funding cuts, says UK Sport chair

• Dame Katherine Grainger warns of implications of budget cuts• Finances are set to get tighter for 2020-2024 Olympic cycleDame Katherine Grainger, the chair of UK Sport, has warned that Britain’s extraordinary record of Olympic and Paralympic success …

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Andrew Pozzi times finish to perfection to win world indoor gold in 60m hurdles

• Briton in second place coming over the last hurdle• Pozzi wins first gold medal at world indoor championshipsBritain made a fine finish to the world indoor championships when Andrew Pozzi won gold in the 60m hurdles by a single hundredth of a second….

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Six world championships medals bode well for Great Britain’s Olympic hopes

Team boosted by performance in world track finals as Laura and Jason Kenny have encouraging returns to competitionThe Great Britain cycling team has had its moments on the velodrome in the Dutch town of Apeldoorn, which is where Laura Kenny, nee Trott,…

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Laura Muir doubles up aiming to flourish in indoor comfort zone

European champion at 1500m and 3,000m will tackle both distances at the world indoor championships in Birmingham despite pressures of studying for a veterinary science degreeFourth place is often said to be the most agonising finishing position for an …

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Well done Team GB but can we have a decade off the Olympics, please? | Paul MacInnes

We should not be obsessed with winning sporting medals, we should be obsessed with playing sport and getting as many people as possible to do itIt’s been a month of incredible success at the Winter Olympics. It was a month, right? It certainly felt lik…

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Winter Olympics stars return home as funding debate takes centre stage – video

The dust has yet to settle from Pyeongchang but already all eyes are on funding for the next Winter Olympics in Beijing in four years time. UK Sport will pitch for more funding as they look to propel Britain into being a top-15 nation, with basketball …

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Team GB pitch for more funding to join elite of Winter Olympics

• No reason we shouldn’t be top-15 nation, says BOA chief executive• Athletes arrive back at Heathrow after record-breaking GamesGreat Britain’s Olympic chiefs have launched an impassioned defence of their £28m winter sport funding and are undeterred i…

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Winter Olympics 2018: closing ceremony – live!

Latest updates as the curtain comes down in PyeongchangEmail nick.miller@theguardian.com | Tweet: @NickMiller79Final medal table from Pyeongchang 10.38am GMT One thing you won’t be seeing today is a Russian flag. Those plucky band of stateless warriors…

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Britain’s curlers end up empty-handed after Japan edge bronze match

GB lose 5-3 at Winter Olympics after Eve Muirhead’s late errors‘I’m devastated it didn’t turn out how we wanted,’ she saysGreat Britain’s women’s curling team finished fourth at the Winter Olympics as Japan won an attritional bronze medal match. Defeat…

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Best ever haul for Britain as Billy Morgan bags bronze in big air

Medal takes nation’s overall tally to five in PyeongchangMorgan holds on to third after series of falls from rivals on final runBilly Morgan has won snowboard big air bronze to claim Britain’s record fifth Winter Olympics medal of the Games. Related: C…

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Curling: Eve Muirhead misses leave Team GB facing medal shortfall

• Sweden defeat puts Team GB in play-off against Japan for bronze• ‘We came up short but did ourselves proud,’ GB skip Muirhead saidBy the time the crowd at the Gangneung Curling Centre had got to their feet to celebrate South Korea’s Garlic Girls reac…

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Elise Christie may take up long-track skating after Winter Olympic pain

• Short-track skater will consider doubling up in bid to end jinx• Briton reveals plan to retire and switch sports had she won goldElise Christie will consider moving abroad to take up long-track speed skating – where there are far fewer opponents and …

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Elise Christie refuses to be defined by Olympic failure – video

Great Britain short track speed skater Elise Christie insisted that she won’t be defined by a second disastrous Winter Olympic campaign. Christie was disqualified in the 100m on Tuesday after a crash earlier in the Games saw her miss out on a semi-fina…

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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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Curling controversy as Britain lose out to Sweden in Pyeongchang – video

• Available to UK viewers only. Britain’s women’s curling team lost to Sweden in controversial circumstances after skip Eve Muirhead was adjudged to have not let go of her final stone before the hogline. Replays suggested that she did let go in ti…