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Australian Sports Commission CEO Simon Hollingsworth admits he is unsatisfied by Australia’s Winter Olympics medal tally but he has defended the Winning Edge funding model which led to such team friction in Sochi.

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Bode Miller has admitted to having a puffy knee after the giant slalom in which he finished 20th, adding he was unsure about taking part in Saturday’s slalom, his likely Olympic swansong.

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The father of Belle Brockhoff has issued a statement apologising for the timing of an email in which he questioned the funding of his daughter and other snowboarders in the Australian team.

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The Winter Olympics: Give us blood!

I have the utmost respect for Lydia Lassila. Any woman who makes her living, essentially, by throwing herself off cliffs and doing somersaults on the way down has earned the esteem of all humanity.

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Australian freeskier Russ Henshaw is through to the Winter Olympics slopestyle finals, finishing seventh in qualifying at Rosa Khutor on Thursday.

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It was close, but no Segal. Slopestyle skier Anna Segal came within a whisker of capturing Australia’s first medal of the Sochi Winter Olympics when she finished fourth on Tuesday.

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It’s the first leg in a triple header never before attempted at a Winter Olympics, yet it would take a brave person to bet against Torah Bright having a good deal of success.

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Melbourne mum ready to leap for gold again

Melbourne’s Lydia Lassila is an old hand at making comebacks in her Winter Olympic sport, freestyle aerials, and she also has a great reputation of making them successful.

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Could it be third time lucky for Pittman?

With the Australian Winter Olympics team for Sochi numbering 60 members – our largest contingent ever – it indicates how much Australia has developed in the Winter Olympic sports over the years.

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There’s a lot to like about Australia heading to Sochi

The Winter Olympics has nowhere near the profile or level of expectation we attach to the Summer Games and it is totally understandable – the level of elite competition on our shores is minimal, most of our athletes are based thousands of kilometres away and there has been far less medal success.

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Move over, Jamaican sledders, you might just have been trumped in the stakes for exotic sliders as a resident of sultry Townsville prepares for his Olympic debut – in the luge.

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Sochi organisers have back-pedalled on comments made by its head official concerning the rights of Olympic athletes to freely express themselves at news conferences during the games.

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She’s a Winter Olympian from Perth who will have the busiest schedule of any Australian at the Games in a sport that receives very little love from a country focused on freestyle skiing and snowboarding.

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Australian snowboarder Scotty James says his family won’t be making the trip to next month’s Winter Olympics in Russia because he doesn’t want to be worried about their safety while he’s competing.

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Jana Pittman admits she’s had a reality check ahead of next month’s Sochi Games, Australia’s first female summer and winter Olympian forecasting down her result after a tough World Cup campaign in the two-woman bobsleigh.

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The Roar of the crowd

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Bright’s theatrics overshadow a great Winter Games

The Winter Olympics are over for another four years, which means our short-term affairs with curling and figure skating will finish as we return to our sporting wives in Aussie rules and rugby league.

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Canada wins historic hockey gold in Sochi

By Andrew Kitchener, 25 Feb 2014

In the storied annals of Canadian hockey history, the 2014 national team, led brilliantly by Sidney Crosby and Mike Babcock, will doubtless be hailed as one of the greatest to ever leave their country’s shores.

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In the space of less than a day, Team USA might just have emerged as the favourites for hockey gold at the Sochi Olympics.

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Team USA prevail in Russian epic

By Andrew Kitchener, 17 Feb 2014

In terms of style and offensive firepower, Team USA’s second outing of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games could not have been any different to their tournament debut.

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Big ice? No worries. Defensive inexperience? No worries there, either. Memo, Olympic hockey teams: The United States of America are shaping as legitimate contenders in Sochi.

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If rumours are to be believed, this will be the final year – at least for the foreseeable future –where we see NHL players taking part in the Winter Olympics.

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Ten’s Sochi coverage off to a rough start

By Andrew Kitchener, 10 Feb 2014 Popular article!
Ten’s Sochi coverage off to a rough start

We’re well into the thick of the competition in Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, but with a few notable examples, it’s been a rough beginning for Network Ten.

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As we head into arguably the most anticipated Olympic men’s hockey tournament ever staged, here are three things to keep an eye on as teams get set to take the ice for the preliminary rounds.

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After analysing the medal chances of some of Australia’s top skiers and snowboarders, including Torah Bright and Lydia Lasilla, it’s time to turn our attention to arguably the most important medal of the games: the Men’s Ice Hockey gold medal.

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Begg-Smith and Thorpey: a tale of two champions

In the past two days, two of Australia’s greatest Olympic achievers have been in the news. Both Dale Begg-Smith and Ian Thorpe have hit the headlines for behaviour different to the somewhat dreamy images.

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Can Torah repeat her Vancouver heroics?

By Cameron Mee, 30 Jan 2014
Can Torah repeat her Vancouver heroics?

The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are just days away, so now is the perfect time to explore Australia’s top medal hopes for the ‘Other’ Olympics.

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In part one, I detailed the eight defencemen and three goaltenders who will be on the blue line and in net for Canada’s run at back-to-back men’s hockey gold when the Sochi Winter Olympics get underway.

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In part one, I detailed the eight defencemen and three goaltenders charged with keeping opposition pucks out of the net throughout the men’s hockey tournament at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, which are only about a month away from starting, and my thoughts on each of the selected players.

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Australian athletes to be excluded from Rio games

Yesterday’s announcement by new Australian Olympic chef de mission, Kitty Chiller, that Australian athletes will effectively be prevented from participating in the Olympics’ two most popular sports has sent shockwaves through the athletic fraternity.

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Channel Ten has been awarded by the IOC the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, acquiring broadcast rights across all media platforms in Australia.

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Olympic wrestling down for the count

By Brad Cooper, 17 Feb 2013

This week’s stunning Olympic revelation that all running events are likely to be be scrapped from 2020 on would make Baron DeCoubertin turn in his grave.

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Australia's Mitchell Watt competes in the men's long jump qualifying rounds

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Girls perform at the Olympic stadium during the closing ceremony

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Australia's Emily Seebohm. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI

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