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Vlog – When World Championships get forgotten

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I’m covering the world figure skating championships in Turin where there is a real feeling of anti-climax given they come just a month after the Winter Olympics. Several champions have withdrawn.

As discussed in the video above, should world championships in certain sports skip a year when the Olympics take place?

Russia expects as Plushenko prepares for glory

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OLYMPICS-FIGURE SKATING/Millions of Russians will be setting their alarm clocks a little earlier than usual on Friday morning.

The patriotic inhabitants of the world’s largest country are desperate to see Yevgeny Plushenko bring home the cherished gold medal in the men’s free skate at the Winter Olympics later today.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Winter Games, day six – live

Yevgeny Plushenko is the main attraction as the Russian attempts to seal gold with the men's free skate but there's plenty of irresistible medal action before then.

Join us on the live blog ... we'll be here all day with on-the-spot comments from our team if reporters, medal flashes, standback views and stats. Feel to dip in and out, and remember, comments are always welcome.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Winter Olympics — day three

Cowbells are clanging, horns are blaring - it's race day at Whistler Creekside at last... Yes, that's right, the weather has finally improved to the point where Alpine skiing is possible at these Games. We expect the men's downhill gold to be decided at around 1200 local time (1500 ET and 2000 GMT) and there's plenty more action where that came from here in The Couver. Join us here for the fun.

Figure skaters don’t always need sparkle to shine

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Costumes are a huge part of figure skating and sequins are almost de rigueur — many competitors here at the European championships in Tallinn this week look like they have rolled around in a glitter pot forgetting they were covered in glue.

It’s when there is no shine that you really notice the outfit.

World champions Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin’s token nod to the norm was a smattering of sparkle at the top of the back of her red dress on Tuesday, while they will look like they are wearing just body paint and leaves for their Aboriginal original dance on Thursday.

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