By Ollie Williams

Ollie has covered four Olympic Games for BBC Sport on TV, radio and web, and is the owner of Frontier Sports. More about Ollie >>

Olympic links: 31 October, 2014

Team USA pumpkins

Beijing 2022 bid fights air pollution, Qatar confident of getting 2019 athletics Worlds, GB bobsledder quits in selection row, shooter wants reintroduction of mixed-gender events, ex-GB volleyballer's 'search for a proper job', and ten-pin bowling changes scoring system with eye on Olympics.

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Olympic links: 30 October, 2014

Rowers cooking

Fifa mounts new defence of 2015 World Cup synthetic turf, gymnastics boss to step down, top volleyball player quits sport with depression, Aussie MP in row over Ato Boldon 'explicit emails', join the US ski team for an Alpine singalong, GB rowers learn to cook, and the cyclist who saved Italian Jews from the Nazis.

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Olympic links: 29 October, 2014

BMX at Santiago del Estero

UK Sport launches public consultation on funding policy, table tennis player trashes ad hoardings, Boston 2024's new website, Rio's triathlon test event confirmed, Nicola Sanders retires, French place at Rio eventing in jeopardy, and GB cyclists in terrifying treble aborted landing.

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Olympic links: 22 October, 2014

Afterglow skiing shot

Badminton superstar fails drug test according to reports, lightsuit skiing proves illuminating, boxer attacks referee, Gebrselassie out of Great South Run, Vuelta introducing women's race, new documentary follows Missy Franklin, wrestling in Cuba, and a round-up of Pistorius links.

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Olympic links: 20 October, 2014

Track Euros in Guadeloupe

Downhill ski world champ tears Achilles playing football, Gatlin out of award running, how smog affects Beijing marathon masks, wind curtails GB rowing champs, GB one-two in ice dance contest, hockey Olympian safe after Nepal disaster, and which Olympians won medals in every event they entered?

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Olympic links: 15 October, 2014

Women's hockey in Dumfries

Norway bid consultant explains Oslo's 2022 rejection, Daisuke Takahashi and Armin Zoeggeler retire, Olympic fencer dies aged 29, Science of Sport on sub-2hr marathons, British Swimming funding analysed, Iran's 'volleyball inmate' has trial, Euro track cycling begins (In Caribbean), and is boxing safer without headguards?

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Olympic links: 13 October, 2014

Mikaela Shiffrin in tears

Swedish newspaper reduces Mikaela Shiffrin to tears, Simone Biles stunning at gym Worlds but anthem cock-up follows, Ironman Worlds results, US win women's volleyball world title, 2012 kayak champion provisionally suspended, GB track cycling coaching changes, and Olympic sound legend ponders placing mics on horses.

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Olympic links: 10 October, 2014

Showjumpers in Barcelona

Uchimura wins fifth world title in a row, Norwegian ski star given jail term, Ironman Worlds previewed, women's basketball league to begin, Andy Schleck retires, Daley unconcerned by Russia anti-gay laws, Mo Farah's accounts, NBC ponders artificial turf cancer link, when should and shouldn't athletes switch nationalities?

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Olympic links: 9 October, 2014

Beach volleyball in Xiamen

US women win gym Worlds in style, Army uses 2012 cash to launch talent ID programme, 1m-euro carrot dangled in front of Froome, Trott's omnium record in stats, Nations Cup jumping final begins, tri World Series inks Abu Dhabi agreement, and the Nazi war minister who won Olympic sailing bronze.

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