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MOSCOW has reacted with fury to the arrest by Italian police of a Russian tycoon accused of fixing ice skating events at the Salt Lake City winter Olympics.
ITALIAN police have arrested a Russian man in connection with the attempted fixing of ice skating results at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City in February.
AN ALLEGED Russian crime boss was arrested in Italy yesterday on US charges that he tried to fix the figure skating pairs and ice dancing events at the Salt Lake City Olympics.
THE French judge at the centre of the Salt Lake City figure skating scandal promised to support the Russian pair three months before the Olympics.
ALAIN Baxter launched the most important step in his bid to clear his name yesterday when he appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the decision to strip him of the Olympic bronze medal he won in slalom at Salt Lake City.
SCOTLAND’s newly-crowned curling champions have revealed that they were so unhappy with their form last week that they packed their bags twice in anticipation of an early return home to Perth.
HOW piquant that Rhona Martin’s Utah Olympic gold medal-winning team should lose out in the Scottish championship decider at Braehead Arena yesterday.
THEY took on the might of Canada, Sweden, Germany and Switzerland as 5.7 million tuned in to watch the women’s curling team secure the first British Winter Olympic gold for 18 years.
SCOTLAND’S Olympic curling champions have rejected a lucrative sponsorship deal which could have brought them thousands of pounds each.
ALL Alain Baxter needed to do in his second slalom run at Salt Lake City was expel all doubts from his mind and stay strong and upright. Before him was a tortuously-demanding course that had halted several of the seven men who had gone before him, and which had the dreadful capacity to dismantle the dreams of the other medal hopefuls who came after him.
HAMMY McMillan has claimed that a mutiny by his team-mates and the national curling coach forced him out of the Great Britain side and ruined their chances of a medal at the Winter Olympic Games.
THEY live in the shadow of mountains, but bathe in the light of reflected glory. Welcome then to Strathspey in winter and a night that won’t ever belong to history as it will linger forever on the lips of locals. Even the majestic slopes appeared to sweep down from the heavens to a point right outside the front door of the historic Cairngorm Hotel and where there is more noise than you can imagine coming from the heaving mass of humanity that has gathered outside its front step.
YES I know the tremors are still shaking curling rinks from Inverness to Inveraray, but the Winter Olympics still seem like sport’s equivalent of a comedy festival. Every four years, it allows us the opportunity to snigger at other nations’ idea of what constitutes legitimate sporting endeavour.
THEY drank Baxter cocktails and Bronze burgers in his honour. They lined the streets, waved and cheered and generally enjoyed the biggest party Aviemore has ever seen.
BACK in 1988, when Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards was representing Britain at the Calgary Winter Olympics, Alain Baxter was not too interested in all the hyperbole. Even then, in his mid-teens, he took his sport very seriously, and was not overly impressed by Edwards’ tomfoolery.
A GLASGOW-BASED computer games developer is set to cash in on the UK’s new found obsession with curling, after releasing an official title based on the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.
AS SCOTLAND’S Olympic gold medallists returned triumphant last night, Jack McConnell continued his new-found fascination with curling by saying he wanted to develop a winter sports initiative in an effort to boost tourism.
It gave Britain its first Winter Olympics gold medal for 18 years, broke the midnight viewing record for UK television, and saw the sport of curling described as the new sex. But is the gong which five Scottish women brought back to Scotland last night worth its weight in gold?