Winter Sports

New Zealand Government announces major funding support for the Winter Games NZ

By Gary Anderson

The New Zealand Government has announced almost $3million of funding for the next two editions of the Winter Games NZ ©Getty ImagesThe New Zealand Government has pledged almost NZD$3 million (£1.5 million/$2.5 million/€2 million) of funding support for the 2015 and 2017 editions of the Winter Games NZ.

US charity gives $73,000 of funding to World Curling Federation

By Gary Anderson

The World Curling Federation has been given a financial boost from US charity Foundation for Global Sports Development ©Getty ImagesThe World Curling Federation (WCF) has received a significant financial boost of $73,000 (£44,000/€55,000) from the Foundation for Global Sports Development to support two special programmes.

Thompson named new British and Scottish curling performance director

By Emily Goddard

The British men's curling team of David Murdoch, Greg Drummond, Scott Andrews, Michael Goodfellow and Tom Brewster claimed a silver medal at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games ©Getty ImagesGraeme Thompson will lead the British and Scottish men's, women's and wheelchair curling programme to the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games after being named the new performance director.

Right time to move on says Howie as she steps down as head coach of British women’s curling

By Gary Anderson

Rhona Howie (centre) has stepped down as head coach of Britain and Scotland's women's curling teams ©Getty Images After four years in the job, Rhona Howie has announced she is leaving her role as head coach of the British women's performance curling programme just months after guiding Team GB to bronze at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

Caithness unopposed as she seeks re-election as President of World Curling Federation

By Duncan Mackay

Kate Caithness will be unopposed for a second term as President of the World Curling Federation ©WCF Britain's Kate Caithness is set to retain her position as President of the World Curling Federation (WCF) after being named today as the only candidate for the next four-year term.

Paek drafted in to lead South Korean ice hockey squad to 2018 Olympic qualification

By Emily Goddard

Jim Paek has been tasked with guiding the South Korean ice hockey squad to 2018 Olympic qualification ©Getty ImagesJim Paek has been named as the new head coach of the men's South Korean ice hockey team and tasked with leading the nation to qualification at their home Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang in 2018.

Pettit National Ice Centre agrees contract renewal with US Olympic Committee

By Paul Osborne

The Pettit National Ice Center has renewed its contract with the US Olympic Committee and Us Speedskating ©PettitThe Pettit National Ice Centre in Milwaukee will continue to serve as an Olympic training site after renewing its contract with the Unites States Olympic Committee (USOC) and US Speedskating.

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.
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