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Conor Lyne’s preparations for this morning’s giant slalom have been disrupted by a fall in practice  and bad weather but he’s ready to give it his best shot. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Conor Lyne goes in this morning’s giant slalom, almost three weeks after arriving in Sochi a(...)

‘Flower sweeper’ children  pick up toys and flowers from the ice skating rink after Japan’s Daisuke Takahashi finished his figure skating men’s free skating programme at the Winter Olympics in Sochi on February 14th. One of the quirks of a thoroughly quirky sport is the tradition of chucking bouquets of flowers onto the ice to hail a particularly brilliant routine. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

In Sochi, as at every Olympics, there are volunteers everywhere you look. No job too small, no whim too slight. One poor girl in the main press(...)

Rengin Yurdakul: ‘I don’t even speak the language of my ancestors but I feel a deep pain – I feel that I’m Circassian; it’s who I am.’ Photograph: Stephen Starr

The opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics last Friday week presented the world with a history of Russia equally romantic and fanciful. But a (...)

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(...)

There’s no doubt that while the vast security has made these games safe – moreover, it’s made them feel safe – it has kept plenty of people away.  Photograph: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters

I knew I was in trouble when the youngster in charge of the bus stop started rummaging in his coat pocket while I was still 20 yards away. (...)

Suspended, lighted snowflakes transform into four Olympic rings, with the fifth one failing to become a ring during the 2014 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies in Sochi. Photograph: (Chang W. Lee/The New York Times.

The 2014 Winter Games got off to a shaky start today when one of the five Olympic rings failed to open at the start of the opening ceremony, meaning t(...)

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(...)

Lord Wrottesley takes to the ice in the the skeleton event during the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games in 2002 at the Peaks Ice Arena in Provo, Utah. photograph: donald miralle/getty images

The night before the oddest day of an odd and varied life, Clifton Wrottesley was both angrier and more delighted than he could ever remember. Sitting(...)

President Vladimir Putin: A lot more going on than mere cynical political opportunism. Photograph: Reuters

Spaces like this work best when fuelled by outrage or indignation. But it’s difficult to be apoplectic about Vladimir Putin’s assurance that bringing (...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin speaking in Sochi today. Photograph: Alexei Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti/Kremlin/Reuters

Vladimir Putin has said gay people will be not be subjected to harassment at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, as long as they stay away from children.The(...)

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