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from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Winter Olympics, day 15 — live

The final race of the Olympic Alpine skiing programme is underway, with Austria's Benjamin Raich among the favourites. There are seven medals in play on the penultimate day of competition in Vancouver, Whistler and Cypress and we'll be here for all of them, so please join us for expert commentary from our reporters on the spot.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Winter Games, day 14 — live

The men's ice hockey semi-finals pitting the United States against Finland and Canada against Slovakia are the highlights of the day ... but with the mayhem of short track speed skating and the women's curling final there's plenty of other action to shout about... Join us here today and every day of the Games.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Lay down the run! And update your Olympic lingo

OLYMPICS-SNOWBOARDING/In the skiing and snowboarding events at the Olympic Games these days, we have many a super athlete giving us mere mortals lessons in linguistics.  It's actually sick, in modern terms that is.

Sick ("crazy, cool, insane") was snowboarder Shaun White's killer second run through the half-pipe, a near perfect, thriller of a ride, even after he had already clinched the gold medal. Dude's on fire.

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 Games: Picture of the Day


Welcome to our Picture of the Day feature from the just opened Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Each day of the Games a senior photo editors will choose a frame they particularly like from our team of photographers at the Olympics here in Vancouver, and up at Whistler and Cypress.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Snow patrol: Tuesday update

OLYMPICS-VANCOUVER/We're just three days away from the start of the Winter Olympics and snow is still conspicuous by its absence in balmy Vancouver.

Organisers are making terrific last-minute attempts to snow the place up a little, given the unseasonably warm weather here. Using helicopters and a 750-strong workforce, they've transported more than 5,000 cubic metres of snow to Cypress Mountain and the bare freestyle skiing and snowboard courses.

Squash could get squeezed by youth vote in Olympic bid


At a recent press event to showcase squash’s bid for inclusion in the 2016 Games, it occurred to me that – at a competitive level at least – today’s game is a far cry from the dowdy image of middle aged men in far-too-short shorts, writes Kylie MacLellan.

But with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) eager to refresh the Olympic programme and attract a younger audience, proving it has overcome this image could be the biggest hurdle squash faces in making a successful bid.

Alpine skiing takes on those pesky newcomers


skiingArguably the most popular winter sport, alpine skiing has been threatened in recent years by hipper, younger disciplines like snowboarding, moguls, half-pipe or ski-cross, which have all made it into the Olympic programme.

With that in mind, the world championships in Val d’Isere may have given new ideas to the alpine ski chiefs to boost and rejuvenate their sport.