From January 2014

Olympic links: 31 January, 2014

Sochi's ski jump

Sochi clarification on athlete protests, Thorpe reportedly in rehab, British basketball's future in the balance, bobsleigh facial hair, dope-test biathlete withdraws from Games, South Africa women's sevens go full-time, and GB Nordic skiers' number-one fan is a cat.

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Olympic links: 30 January, 2014

Team GB for Sochi 2014

Top Russian biathlete fails drugs test, UCI warns riders on Mexico and China meat, James Woods on slopestyle judging, Brazilian skier has spinal surgery after crash, Sochi photo tours tell different stories as boss contradicts IOC on athlete protests, and stray dogs at the Sochi mountain venues.

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Olympic links: 29 January, 2014

Joy Johnston

New sponsor deal for GB snowsports, Swede loses £5,000 Olympic bet, No Diggety is now Go Ligety, Ohuruogu funds young athletes herself, 2015 Baku Games will be Olympic qualifier, British women's ice hockey ref prepares for Sochi, and Canadian freeskier 'eats' Olympic champion.

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Olympic links: 28 January, 2014

Thomas Morgenstern in surgery

Sochi mayor says 'no gays here' but CBC paints real picture, IOC boss 'sleeping well' despite terror threat, sponsor saves British Biathlon, bobsleds pack up for Sochi, 15yo weightlifter's steroid abuse, AP's Winter Olympics style guide, and Mexican skier's mariachi race suit.

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Olympic links: 27 January, 2014

Mark McMorris

Full run-down of the weekend's action plus Lolo Jones selection row, pics show Sochi a work in progress, Woods X Games disappointment, Anna Watkins takes time out, Euro archery festival, Russian's winter sport sugar daddies, and short-track skater's broken elbow leads to cancer revelation.

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Olympic links: 24 January, 2014

Eddie the Eagle

Overlooked GB skier threatens legal action, US athletes told "don't look American" outside venues, Kenyan athletes threaten race boycott, Team Sky's mesh skinsuits have sunburn issues, Rio's budget increases, life as a GB skier in Norway, X Games latest, and Eddie the Eagle gets his own Dutch TV show.

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Olympic links: 23 January, 2014

Evgeni Plushenko

Team GB reaction, Plushenko goes to the Games, ski jumper Hendrickson declared fit, North Korea marathon open to world's public, canoe world champ Fox may give up event, Mark Cavendish dreams of Yorkshire, Tom Daley 'overwhelmed' by support, and inventing Torvill and Dean's Bolero.

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Olympic links: 22 January, 2014

Sochi twin toilets

Last Brits named to Team GB, Sochi's curious twin toilets, Norwegian curling fashion, Team Sky's mesh skinsuits, Plushenko set for Sochi, Tweddle abused online, impressive short-track tattoo, X Games to begin, and Nigerian Olympic champ wants to be Labour councillor.

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Olympic links: 21 January, 2014

Stu Benson at Team GB kitting-out

Jamaican bobsledders definitely going to Games, Team GB kitting-out begins, McQuaid back to taunting Cookson, Jason Brown's ponytail develops life of its own, Louis Smith "a broken man" last year, Copper Box floor ruined, and short-track skater earns infamy with Euro bird-flip extravaganza.

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Olympic links: 20 January, 2014

GB short-track team at Euros

Vanessa Mae set to ski in Sochi, Jamaican bobsleigh team on course, Christie wins Euro short-track gold, another skeleton title for Yarnold, Musgrave stuns Norwegian skiers, top Russian swimmer fails test, England win hockey bronze, and Vladimir Putin "knows some people who are gay".

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