Winter Sports

Russian biathlete handed eight-year doping ban despite retiring in February

By Nick Butler

Ekaterina Iourieva has been handed an eight-year ban after the second failed drugs test of her career ©AFP/Getty ImagesDisgraced biathlete Ekaterina Iourieva has been handed an eight-year ban after a second doping offence earlier this year, although the Russian had anticipated a hefty suspension by announcing her retirement in February.

First athlete to test positive at Sochi 2014 handed two-year ban

By Nick Butler

German biathlete Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle, the first athlete to test positive during Sochi 2014, has been handed a two-year doping ban, along with Irina Starych of Russia ©AFP/Getty ImagesGermany's double Olympic gold medal-winning biathlete Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle, the first athlete to fail a drugs test at Sochi 2014, has been handed a two-year doping suspension by the International Biathlon Union (IBU), while an identical ban has been awarded to former Russian champion Irina Starych.

Thai officials deny involvement in alleged Vanessa Mae race rigging

By Gary Anderson

The National Olympic Committee of Thailand has denied any involvement in alleged race fixing surrounding skier Vanessa Mae ©Getty Images The National Olympic Committee of Thailand (NOCT) has denied it was involved in any wrongdoing after allegations emerged last week that races involving Alpine skier Vanessa Mae were fixed so that the music star could qualify for Sochi 2014. 

Olympic champion snowboarder Rebagliati builds marijuana business

By Emily Goddard

Ross Rebagliati is building a marijuana business in the "dot-bong" boom ©Bongarts/Getty ImagesCanadian Olympic champion snowboarder Ross Rebagliati is building a firm to brand and licence the substance that briefly saw him lose his Nagano 1998 gold medal - marijuana.

British Ski and Snowboard committee chair dismissed after “insulting” BOA official

By Emily Goddard

British Ski and Snowboard has dismissed Malcolm Erskine after he made “insulting” remarks about a senior BOA official ©BSSMalcolm Erskine has been dismissed from his position as chairman of the British Ski and Snowboard (BSS) Alpine, Speed and Telemark Discipline Committee after he made "insulting" comments in an email to a senior British Olympic Association (BOA) official.

International Luge Federation elect Fendt as President for fifth term

By Duncan Mackay

Josef Fendt has been re-elected for a fifth term as President of the International Luge Federation ©Getty ImagesGermany's Josef Fendt has been re-elected for a fifth term as President of the International Luge Federation (FIL).

Ice Hockey Federation of Russia re-elects Tretiak as President after he crushes rival Fetisov

By Duncan Mackay

Vladislav Tretiak has been re-elected as President of the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia for a third term ©Ice Hockey Federation of RussiaVladislav Tretiak, who lit the Olympic Flame at Sochi 2014, has been re-elected President of the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia after easily beating rival Viacheslav Fetisov at the Annual Conference in Moscow today.

British Olympic curling champion to appear on Crimewatch to appeal for stolen gold medal

By Paul Osborne

Rhona Martin is set to appear on Crimewatch to appeal for the return of her stolen Olympic gold curling medal ©Getty ImagesFormer Olympic curling champion Rhona Howie is set to appear on Crimewatch to appeal for the return of her stolen gold medal.

Host cities announced for skiing World Championships in 2018 and 2019

By Paul Osborne

The FIS has announced the hosts of a number of its World Championships for 2018 and 2019 ©Getty ImagesThe International Skiing Federation (FIS) has today announced the hosts for several of its key World Championship events in 2018 and 2019.
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