Ji Woo Park, Seon-Yeong Noh and Bo-Reum Kim of Korea during the team pursuit Speed Skating quarter-finals. Photograph: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Two South Korean speed skaters are facing growing calls for them to be banned from the national team after they appeared to blame a team mate for the(...)

Akwasi Frimpong of Ghana during day six of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea.  Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

One is a former illegal immigrant from Ghana who sold vacuum cleaners door to door to fund his “crazy” Winter Olympic dream. The other is a Jamaican w(...)

 Seamus O’Connor of Ireland reacts during the men’s snowboard halfpipe qualification run at Bokwang Phoenix Park. Photograph: PA

A brilliant first run saw Irish snowboarder Seamus O’Connor within touching distance of qualifying for the half-pipe final at Tuesday morning’s Winter(...)

Members of the South Korean Speed Skating team practice at the Gangneung Oval ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea.  Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

Organisers insist the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics are on track as they battle against the spread of a virus among staff and prepare to deal with the c(...)

President Vladimir Putin dismissed the IOC’s decision to ban Russian athletes from the Pyeongchang games in South Korea as “orchestrated and politically-motivated”.  Photograph: Getty Images

What began as a grassroots online campaign featuring a schoolboy has grown into a mass hashtag protest against Russia’s exclusion from the Winter Olym(...)

Presenter Laura Whitmore at the IFTA Awards in 2014. Whitmore had to contend with a number of technical glitches during the ceremony, including viewers being unable to hear her. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

The National Lottery had to defer its weekly prize draw for the first time in its 28-year history on Wednesday because of a technical hitch. Thousands(...)

The Biathlon Men’s Relay at the Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on February 22, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photograph:  Vianney Thibaut/Agence Zoom/Getty Images

Irish athletes at this year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi competed alongside Russian athletes who have admitted taking drugs that have now been placed o(...)

Outside the Shayba Arena, a volunteer at the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, comes up with a novel way of enjoying the sun, which can push midday temperatures up to 19 degrees.

Outside the Shayba Arena, a couple of volunteers have hit on an idea. The midday sun has pushed temperatures up to 19 degrees, making their ga(...)

Austrian ski jumper Daniela Iraschko-Stolz in training at Sochi this week: “It is a bit of an urge for risk.” Photograph: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

The mountain village of Esto-Sadok feels like an unlikely place for progress to take that great leap forward. In some places grey, in others brown, it(...)

Protesters outside the Russian embassy in Dublin yesterday seeking to show solidarity with Russia’s LGBTQ community. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Gay rights activists braved the harsh weather to protest outside the Russian embassy in Dublin yesterday, ahead of the start of the Winter Olympics in(...)

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