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  • Throwback: ‘Flying Finn’ Toni Nieminen becomes youngest Winter Olympics gold medalist

    February 16th, 1992 Toni Nieminen might have been too young to drive, but he certainly was not too young to fly. When the Finnish ski jumper arrived at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games in Albertville, he was only 16 years old and in his first year of international competition. But thanks to his new v-shape technique (ski

  • Throwback: Eric Heiden wins five speed-skating gold medals at Lake Placid

    February 23, 1980 The “Miracle on Ice” nearly kept Eric Heiden from performing his own legendary marvel. Having already won gold in the 500m, 1000m, 1500m and 5000m at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, the American speed skater stayed up a little later than usual the night before his 10,000m race to watch the U.S. hockey team’s

  • Throwback: Grafstrom retains Olympic figure skating title in first Winter Games

    Winning Figure Skating Gold… in Summer   January 30, 1924 Slightly confusingly, Gillis Grafstrom entered the Olympic Winter Games Chamonix 1924 as the reigning men’s figure skating champion, despite the fact it was the first Winter Games. This was because the sport had twice featured at the Summer Games, including Antwerp 1920 where the elegant

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    IOC announce decision on Russian participation at PyeongChang 2018

    The IOC has announced the suspension of the Russian Olympic Committee and the creation of a path to enable clean Russian athletes to compete at PyeongChang 2018. The decisions come after the IOC’s Executive Board met in Lausanne to discuss the findings of the Schmid Report, investigating the systematic manipulation of the anti-doping system in

  • Throwback: Olympic glory follows Williams from race track to ice track

    Making an entrance   February 19, 2014 Lauryn Williams burst onto the global athletics scene in some style when she won sprint gold at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki. At the time of her climb to the top step of the podium for the 100 metres in Finland, she was just 21 years old.

  • Mark McMorris: Five things about snowboarding’s brilliant and resilient trailblazer

    Mark McMorris has become one of the leading lights of the snowboarding world, wowing crowds with his vast array of tricks and marrying that style with substance to earn an impressive collection of Winter X Games gold medals and a bronze in slopestyle at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Here are five things worth knowing about the

  • Yuna Kim: an iconic figure and figure skating legend playing her part at PyeongChang

    Former Olympic figure skating champion Yuna Kim is one of the most famous people in the Republic of Korea. She is sure to be one of the faces of PyeongChang 2018, even though she isn’t competing. Here’s why… Comaneci of the ice Kim’s performance at the Olympic Winter Games Vancouver 2010 has been described as

  • Five teenagers tipped to shine in PyeongChang

    Age is no barrier to Olympic Winter Games glory as these five teenagers hope to prove in the Republic of Korea… Chloe Kim The American snowboarder will not celebrate her 17th birthday until two months after her trip to Korea but already she has a trio of Winter X Games titles to a burgeoning personal

  • Throwback: Japan’s Shizuka Arakawa goes from disappointment to figure skating destiny in Turin

    February 23, 2006 Shizuka Arakawa seriously thought about giving up figure skating after she finished ninth at the 2005 World Championships. Just a year later, she entered Japanese sporting legend with her performance at the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games. Prior to the Games in Italy, the Japanese skater was regarded as a title outsider, with

  • Five reasons to follow ski jumping in PyeongChang

    One of the oldest men’s winter events (1924) and newest women’s ones (2014), ski jumping never fails to thrill. Here are five storylines to follow during these Games. Stefan Kraft’s feats of flight Last season, Austrian ski jumper Stefan Kraft set a world record for traveling 235.5 meters in one jump, an astonishing, gravity-defying feat. The