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Polish skier in Olympic doping scandal

The Polish Olympic Committee has confirmed that a cross-country skier has tested positive for EPO at the Vancouver Games.

Britain disappoints in Paralympics

Sean Rose was touted as a gold medal prospect in the Downhill but came 7th. With another British athlete coming 16th it wasn’t a great performance. However overall the team is doing well with 5 top ten places.

Britain’s paralympic skiers on course

After delays because of the weather the alpine skiing events get under way. We didn’t get in the medals but did OK with some brave performances in the Vancouver Games.

Now Paralympics hit by bad weather

Thick fog and heavy snow have disrupted the alpine skiing events at Whistler. The Games opened on Saturday but all the skiing events at the resort were postponed. The heavy snow has caused a large scale avalanche accident elsewhere.

Let the Paralympic games begin

The main Winter Olympic games may be over in Vancouver, but for the host city the job is only half done. The 2010 Winter Paralympics are now under way in Vancouver. The weather though is playing its part – again.

Olympic reflections

The President of the International Ski Federation has issued his look back at the XXI Winter Games in Vancouver and picked out the themes and named the stars of The Games.

Olympic legacy

No, not the Norwegian curling team but rather their pants. The bright, harlequin patterned trousers became the fashion talk of the Games and now have their own Facebook page.

The recriminations begin

The Vancouver Games will go down as one of the best in recent times. But what about the loosers? The head of the Russian Olympic movement has already been forced to resign after his country’s poor performance..

Sea change in skiing

Some say a major change in skiing has taken place at The Olympics over the last 2 weeks. They liken it to the shot in the arm given to the sport in the 70’s. Here’s a PlanetSKI story in our series of reports looking at the impact of The Vancouver Games.

Austrian inquest begins

The Austrian alpine men’s ski team has gone home from The Vancouver Olympics empty handed. Not one medal between them.

The Winter Olympics end

For the host nation, Canada, it was a fairytale end as they won gold in the ice hockey. It took their medal tally to a record 14 gold medals. Britain got just 1 gold medal and the golden girl, Amy Williams, carried the flag at the Closing Ceremony.

Italy win gold

On the last full day of Olympic competition the Italian, Giuliano Razzoli, takes gold in the men’s slalom. In poor weather and wet snow several big names crashed out. 2 British racers came in the Top 30. It means 5 different male skiers have won the 5 gold medals.

Amy Williams to carry the flag

The gold medalist will carry the Union Flag for Team GB at the Closing Ceremony of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver on Sunday. It’s hardly a surprise but she is absolutley delighted.

Tearful Alcott considers her future

Britain’s number 1 female racer had a good but not spectacular Winter Olympics. She came 11th in the Super Combined. It was great to have a British athlete competing with the best of them but she never really looked like a medal winner.

Disappointment for Britain

As the Winter Olympics end Chemmy Alcott misses a gate and our 4 man bob crashes. Today the men are back in action in the slalom and 7 golds are up for grabs.

Social Media Olympics

The Vancouver Games have been widely been branded the Social Media Games. The traditional TV coverage has covered the events superbly, but much information has come out first by other means.

Men’s curlers out too

They follow the women’s team out of the Olympics after loosing to Sweden in a play off for a place in the semi final. That had been tipped as a medal hope and it’s a disappointment for Team GB. The women’s number 1 bob sleigh team is out too.

That was the Olympics that was

Almost. It’s hard to believe it is ending this weekend after the build up and sporting action over the last 2 weeks; but it is. So what have you made of it all and has the event and Team GB lived up to expectations?

Women’s GS takes place

It was called off yesterday due to bad weather in controversial circumstances. Some said it should never have started and demanded a re-run after many crashed and racing was stopped with skiers on the course.

Chemmy back in action

Britain’s number 1 femal ski racer is back on the slopes today for the Women’s Giant Slalom.

Women bobsleigh teams still in it

Britain’s women bobsleigh World Champions Nicola Minichiello and Gillian Cooke go into second day of the Vancouver 2010 competition in 10th place. It’s disappointing, but they are still hoping for a medal.

Weather halts Olympics…again

The women’s Olympic Giant Slalom has been postponed as the weather closes in on Whistler Mountain. It’s not the first time the weather has halted proceedings at The Games. It is, though, winter so it should be expected.

Mixed fortunes for curlers, GB action continues

The women curlers loose and are all but out, the men are doing well and today sees a large number of British athletes competing. 3 British skiers take part in The Men’s Giant Slalom.

Janka takes the gold

The Swiss youngster won the Giant Slalom. The second Swiss gold medal of the men’s alpine skiing. No one man seems to be dominating the skiing with 4 events and 4 different winners. Britain had 3 racers taking part.

No repeat of 2002

As expected Team GB’s women’s curlers have failed to progress and are out of the Olympics. They played well against Canada but did not do well enough in their other matches.

Austrian cheese speeds Vonn to gold

It’s strange but apparently true as the ski superstar reveals what she used to treat her injured shin before taking Downhill Gold. Cheese.

Fancy a go?

You may have seen the sports on TV during the Winter Olympics and now you can have a go yourself. Bob sleigh, ski jumping and biathlon. Take your pick.

Everyone’s talking about….Ski Cross

The newest and seemingly most popular Olympic Sport has made its debut; it’s Ski Cross. It’s fast became the talking point of the Games especially as Canada has won the women’s event to raptuous scenes.

Head first down the skeleton

Its literally ‘head first’ at break neck speed. The athletes that take up this sport are either mad or excessively brave – or perhaps both.

Snow leopard poised for Olympic fame

A Ghanian man, known as the Snow Leopard, competes in the slalom this week. He started skiing just over five years ago at Milton Keynes SNO!zone in England. Shades of the Jamaican bob sleigh team and Eddie the Eagle here.

Miller wins Gold, Siver and Bronze

American Bode Miller takes Gold in the Super-Combined event. It’s turning out to be quite a Games for the former bad boy of skiing. A few months ago it was touch and go if he would even take part for the USA in the Vancouver Olympics.

More snow needed

More snow has been flown to Cypress Mountain as warm temperatures and no fresh snow take their toll. It is the venue for theOlympic freestyle skiing and snowboarding events.

Be careful what you write

Olympic athletes have been warned by the IOC to exercise caution on what they write on social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook. There are strict rules on what they can and can’t say. Why?

You managing to keep track of it all?

There seems to be so many events at The Winter Olympics, so many Brits competing and of course it all goes on at a strange time of day/night for us here in Europe. It’s hard to follow it all. Here’s what happened to the Brits at the weekend.

Britain gets a gold

Amy Williams takes first place in the skeleton and wins Britain’s first gold at a Winter Olympics for 30 years. It’s been a night of celebration in Vancouver and at home in the UK for her fans.

Ed Drake comes 32nd in Super G

It may not sound that good but its quite an achievemnt for Britian’s number one speed skier.

Austria gets skiing gold

The Austrians have had a poor Olympics and the country’s press have been highly ciritical. Now though they have a skiing gold from the Women’s Super-G. Chemmy Alcott disappoints.

Williams in gold position

The British skeleton competitor is in great form and leads the event by a 0.30 second margin. By the end of the day Britian may, just may, have a medal. Fingers crossed.

Kilner is disappointed too

First it was the snowboard medal hopfull Zoe Gillings who failed to get into the final now Ben Kilner is out of the running too. He is though young with a bright future ahead of him.

Chemmy comes 11th

It did equal her best ever in the Olympics as she came 11th in the Super Combined. The event was won by Maria Riesch after the favourite, Lyndsey Vonn, hit a gate and crashed.

Gillings disappoints

She had been described as a medal hope for the Snowboard Cross but in the end didn’t make it to the final. She came 8th which is still pretty good but she was hoping for better. Today two more British medal hopefuls are in action, Chemmy Alcott and Ben Kilner.

Lyndsey Vonn triumphs

The American ski superstar takes gold in a race with a high number of accidents. Chemmy Alcott puts in a very respectable performance and comes 13th. The talk though is of the course and the crashes.

British ski companies to the rescue

It’s emerged that a number came to the rescue of some of our Olympic athletes after Snowsport GB went into administration.

Whistler’s weather woes continue

The latest casualty of the weather was the men’s Super Combined. Heavy snow and rising temperatures led to a postponement. The weather continues to affect Cypress Mountain and complaints are coming in from spectators.

Swiss win downhill gold

It was Didier Defago, rather than the favourite Didier Cuche, who won gold for Switzerland. The country’s first Downhill gold for 22 years. Svindal took silver and Bode Miller bronze in a weather delayed race.

A Swiss night to remember

PlanetSKI reports from Switzerland where there was quite a party as they won the Downhill for the first time in over 2 decades.

An Olympic Volunteer’s blog

The Winter Olympics couldn’t run without them, the thousands of people who work for free to ensure it all runs smoothly. Some get the prime jobs like preparing the Downhill Course. One of them, Lyndsay Webb, is a PlanetSKI reader and reporter.

Let the Games begin, sort of

The weather is once again causing a few headaches. It foggy at Cypress Mountain while snow and rain have led to the men’s downhill and the women’s Super Combined being postponed. The Opening Cermoney went off well, dedicated to the Georgian luge athlete who died in training.

Olympic luge racer dies

It is a tragedy as the Games got under way at the weekend and has cast a shadow over the opening events. The 21-year old Georgian competitor, Nodar Kumaritashvili, died in practice. Tributes are being paid to him.

British athletes get funding guarantee

Following the collapse of Snowsport GB on the eve of the Winter Olympics the athletes have been formally told they can take part in The Games. Correct funding has been secured too.

Bring in the choppers

To some it has arrived like the US cavalry to save the day, for others it’s a hugely expensive last resort and an environmental disaster. Using a helicopter to ferry in snow at an Olympic venue will though allow competition to take place.

Olympic ticket scam

Hundreds of people who thought they had tickets for the Winter Olympics have been told they haven’t after a ticket supplier has fail to supply them.

Team GB prepares

Many of the athletes are now in Calgary in Canada putting in their final preparations before the Olympics begins in a week’s time. It’s quite an atmosphere.

Racers raise £116,000 for Haiti

The world’s top skiers raised the money for victims of the earthquake disaster in a charity auction.

Olympic venue desperate for snow

The venue for the snowboarding, freestyle skiing and ski/board cross suffers from a lack of real snow. So the authorities are going to extraordinary lengths at Cypress Mountain. There is perhaps some media exaggeration and Olympic hype going on too.

Miller to ski ’em all

Excellent news! Bode Miller has announced he will ski all 5 disciplines at the Olympics. We can’t wait.

Dream Olympics trip for allergy boy

A teeneger from Devon with a life threatening allergy to grass is off to Vancouver, all expenses paid. He couldn’t do sport on grass so he took up skiing instead.

Vonn looses and wins

Her unbeaten run in the Downhill this season ends as Maria Riesch wins in St Moritz. Vonn took first place in the Super-G though. Chemmy Alcott had a mixed weekend. It was the final racing ahead of the Olympics.

What a laugh!

With the Olympics round the corner we thought we’d look on You Tube for videos of our glorious winter sports athletes. We were drawn to the bobsleigh area…….

Gold for GB

It’s been one of his best seasons ever so far, but a World Cup Gold medal in Downhill is an impressive achievement for Britain’s No1 Disabled skier.

Snow report

Twitter

#IndoorSnowCentres in England to Open in Mid-July?

Govt hopes to open gyms & leisure facilities in England in mid-July.

It is likely, though not certain, the indoor snow centres will come into the same category.
@snowcentre

https://planetski.eu/2020/07/05/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-and-snowboarding-4/

Melbourne goes into lockdown with people barred from nearby ski resorts + ABTA calls for more government support for outbound tourism

https://planetski.eu/2020/07/05/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-and-snowboarding-4/

Rockfall Warnings in Scotland

A warning has been issued about large loose boulders, some 1m wide, on melting snow.

Aberdeen Mountain Rescue Team issued the warning about the "significantly-sized boulders" at the top of Black Spout, in Deeside.

https://planetski.eu/2020/07/01/julys-news-in-brief/

Check out all the latest news on the coronavirus impact on snowsports.

Ski train cancelled, further restrictions in Sweden, Australia ski resorts busy + new mask requirements in Austria and Switzerland.

https://planetski.eu/2020/07/05/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-and-snowboarding-4/

Looks like there’s fabulous snow in Las Leñas but sadly the slopes are empty ❄️

Twitter feed video.Looks like there’s fabulous snow in Las Leñas but sadly the slopes are empty ❄️
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Feliz de verte así y tristes de no poder disfrutarte! #ThinkSnow

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