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A bright yellow cat-like figure is the mascot of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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The Australian Olympic Committee has a simple message for its Rio hopefuls: Don’t be a drongo.

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Olympics chief Thomas Bach has urged delegates to approve a wide-ranging revamp of the Games, likely to include a shake-up of the sports contested and a new TV channel.

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Australia’s Olympics chief has urged all sporting bodies to bring their anti-drugs codes up to world standard or risk not being able to participate in major events.

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Potential Australian Olympians will have to sign a “prohibited association” clause preventing them from dealing with coaches, trainers, sports scientists and other support personnel who have violated anti-doping rules in the lead-up to the Rio Games.

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International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach says he had no fears that Brazil’s World Cup humiliation will sour the atmosphere ahead of the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

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Rowing Australia believe additional funds from the Australian Institute of Sport will result in medals for the nation at the 2016 Olympics.

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It all started with some casual conversation over dinner at an Italian restaurant in Manhattan six months ago. It ended with an eye-popping $US7.75 billion ($A8.4 billion) deal that will keep Olympic coffers flowing for another two decades.

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Days after his dire warning about slack preparations for the 2016 Rio Games, International Olympic Committee vice-president John Coates has moved to defuse tensions with Brazil organisers.

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Australia’s IOC vice-president John Coates has slammed preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympics as the worst he’s seen.

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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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Australian aerials skier Lydia Lassila. (AAP Image/Julian SMmth

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Former hurdler Jana Pittmann to participate in the bobsleigh in Sochi (Source: Wikipedia Commons)

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Defending aerials gold medallist, Lydia Lassila shows off the new Australian team jacket (AAP Image/Jane Dempster)

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Oscar Pistorius: What price for a human life?

By Andrew Jardine, 20 Nov 2014
Oscar Pistorius: What price for a human life?

I wonder what people locked up in dinghy prison cells for killing rhinos think about the Oscar Pistorius affair.

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Australia has a long proud history of sportsmanship on the water. Just as all settlers do, new settlers to the island brought with them the culture of their former lands.

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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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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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