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England talk up Owen Farrell ahead of Six
Nations showdown with Ireland
Owen Farrell’s duel with Ireland’s Jonny Sexton will be one of the
most fascinating aspects of England’s visit to Dublin, says the coach
Mike Catt Page 2

Lewis Hamilton crashes new Mercedes F1
car – day after it caught fire
Lewis Hamilton has walked away unscathed after crashing his new
Mercedes WO4 in testing, a day after it caught fire Page 3

Tony McCoy rides first winner since
Darlan death on Shutthefrontdoor
Tony McCoy had his first winner since the death of Darlan at
Doncaster on Monday when riding Shutthefrontdoor to victory at
Carlisle Page 3

Horse racing tips:                           Alicia Keys moves                            Mark Cavendish wins             British swimmer
Thursday 7 February                          from Super Bowl                              again to take overall           aiming for Rio
Page 4                                       anthem to NBA All-                           lead at Tour of Qatar           Olympics dies after
                                             Star half-time Page 6                        Page 7                          cardiac arrest Page 8
Chicago Blackhawks
beat San Jose Sharks                         Lindsey Vonn pledges                         Five Britons to watch           Ed Clancy returns
in battle of NHL’s two                       to return for 2014                          out for at Sochi 2014          to team pursuit at
top teams Page 5                             Winter Olympics                              Page 8                          Track Cycling World
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                                                                          “What we’ve done with the whole team is to get them to
                                                                      understand when it’s front-foot ball, when it’s neutral ball and
England talk up Owen Farrell ahead of                                 when it’s negative ball, which affects decision-making. The
Six Nations showdown with Ireland                                     speed of the ball against Scotland meant Owen could come on
                                                                      to the ball a lot flatter and bring everyone else on to the gain-
• Fly-half’s mental toughness exceptional                             line as well. We’ve been working on it a lot in training and the
says coach Mike Catt                                                  nice thing is they’re transferring it into the game now. It’s all
                                                                      about the tempo at which we’re playing.”
• Battle with Ireland’s Jonny Sexton ‘an
                                                                          Catt also suggested the arrival of Billy Twelvetrees had
exciting prospect’                                                    helped Farrell, which may suggest that the Gloucester centre
Robert Kitson                                                         will feature against the Irish. “You’ve got three playmakers in
                                                                      there now which helps. If Faz attacks the line he knows Billy
                                                                      or Alex Goode is there behind him to take control. It gives
                                                                      everyone a bit of freedom to go out and express themselves.
                                                                          “Billy’s played at Leicester so he’s mentally very tough and
                                                                      he puts his body on the line. He’s got the ability to move the
                                                                      ball and run with it but his breakdown work is good. He’s a big,
                                                                      strong man and he’s brave as well.” As for the looming duel
                                                                      between Farrell and Sexton, Catt suspects it will be closely
                                                                      monitored by the Lions management. “A lot of people are going
                                                                      to look at it as a head-to-head. Both played exceptionally well
                                                                      at the weekend. It’s another game for them both to stick their
                                                                      hands up and say ‘Take me on a Lions tour.’ It’s an exciting
                                                                      prospect. Ireland are one of the best attacking teams in world
                                                                      rugby, as they showed in that second half against Wales.”
Owen Farrell talks to his father Andy, the England backs
                                                                          Both England and Ireland will finalise their teams on Friday,
coach,during an England training session in Bagshot on
                                                                      with Manu Tuilagi having been challenged to prove in training
Tuesday. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images
                                                                      he is completely match-sharp following his recent ankle injury.
England have suffered some horrible Six Nations fates in Dublin       “Manu has been out of the game for three or four weeks,”
in recent years, but this time it is Ireland who are being advised    stressed Catt. “We will see how they all train and we will go
to brace themselves. Mike Catt, the visiting skills coach, has        accordingly from there. If guys have performed exceptionally
known all the modern greats and says none of them, Jonny              well on the weekend, the guys coming in need to make sure
Wilkinson included, has had a steelier big-game temperament           they have the [necessary] tempo and up the intensity.”
at a younger age than the current English fly-half Owen Farrell.          The uncapped Wasps No8 Billy Vunipola has been included
    Farrell’s duel with Ireland’s outstanding stand-off Jonny         in England’s travelling 25-man squad for Dublin amid
Sexton will be among the most fascinating aspects of Sunday’s         continuing doubts over Ben Morgan’s fitness.
game at the Aviva Stadium, and Catt believes the Irish will
struggle in vain to ruffle the Englishman’s composure. “Have
I seen a young player as tough psychologically as him? No,

I haven’t. Owen is such a focused individual. Whether it’s
Dan Carter, Jonny Sexton or Ronan O’Gara opposite him he
won’t change. He’s so good at blocking out all the hype and
focusing on what’s best for the team. His mental toughness is
    Growing up with Great Britain’s former rugby league
captain as his father and mentor has clearly helped. But the
younger Farrell’s rapidly increasing maturity at Test level was
                                                                        From Beirut to Big Brother,
particularly evident in the 38-18 win over Scotland             Murdoch to Millionaire,
p/3dgev . “He’s seen what his dad has done growing up and it’s
obviously put him in good stead,” said Catt. “We didn’t use to
                                                                        discuss the hot topics in the
see 20-year-olds at international level so, yes, he’s up there with     media on not one, but two blogs
anyone. He’s enjoying himself and he’s buzzing like the rest of
them. We’ve been focusing on the detail of beating defences
                                                                        Organ Grinder and Greenslade
and they’re now getting it.”                                  
    Catt, who won 75 caps for England, believes his charges can
play with the same zest in Dublin if they can outpace the Irish
back row and the ever-competitive Brian O’Driscoll. “To break 
down any defence is about your speed and movement of ball.              greenslade/
Whether it’s an offloading game or multi-phase doesn’t really
matter. It’s about the speed at which you do things, which
keeps the defence on the back foot and prevents them attacking
you. © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                             
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                                                                         Before testing he said of his new car : “It’s
                                                                     got lots of different switches and buttons that I have to get used
Lewis Hamilton crashes new Mercedes                                  to. On this steering wheel I’ve got at least double the amount of
F1 car – day after it caught fire                                    controls I had. I’ve got rid of some of them, but I’ve still got way
                                                                     more than I had before. It’s starting from fresh.”
• Hamilton crashes his Mercedes WO4 in                                   The latest development is another headache for Mercedes,
testing                                                              who went into 2013 needing to make up a lot of ground on the
                                                                     three frontrunners in Formula One, Red Bull, McLaren and
• Team blames second calamity on rear
brakes                                                                   At the moment they are concentrating on getting the car
Paul Weaver in Jerez                                                 ready for Rosberg to give it a run on Thursday.

                                                                     Tony McCoy rides first winner since
                                                                     Darlan death on Shutthefrontdoor

                                                                     • Jockey exhibits trademark fight to gain
                                                                     hard-fought success
                                                                     • Winner now 10-1 for Pertemps Final at
                                                                     Cheltenham Festival
                                                                     Tony Paley

Lewis Hamilton walks away after crashing his new Mercedes
car in testing in Spain. Photograph: Paul Gilham/Getty Images
Lewis Hamilton crashed out of his first test run in his new
Mercedes WO4 at the Circuito de Jerez on Wednesday morning
and at lunchtime it was announced that his test day was over as
mechanics worked to repair the car.
   Hamilton will now have to wait until Friday before having
a second and final run in the car before testing moves to
Barcelona on 19 February.
   He was braking at 170mph as he approached the hairpin at
Turn 6 when he appeared to lose control of the car and it went
straight on. Mercedes said that the problem was in the rear          Tony McCoy aboard Shutthefrontdoor, who gave the rider
brakes and that Hamilton was unhurt.                                 his first victory since the death of Darlan earlier this week.
   “Lewis suffered a loss of rear brake pressure, the front brakes   Photograph: Julian Herbert/Action Images
enabled him to slow the car but he couldn’t avoid the barrier,”
                                                                     Tony McCoy, who gave up his rides at Doncaster on Monday
Mercedes said.
                                                                     following the death of Darlan, recorded his first victory since in
   Later, they added: “We have traced the problem to the
                                                                     typically fighting style when driving the Cheltenham Festival
hydraulic brake line connecting to the right-rear calliper. The
                                                                     hope Shutthefrontdoor home for a hard-fought success at
impact with the barrier also damaged the front left corner.
                                                                     Carlisle on Wednesday.
There is no news yet as to when we will be back out on track.”
                                                                         The multiple champion jockey was the subject of an intimate
   Hamilton had completed 14 laps of his long awaited official
                                                                     portrait on Radio 5 Live on Tuesday when the depths of his
debut drive when he left the track and went into the gravel,
                                                                     obsession with riding and, more pertinently, winning were laid
before he nudged into the barrier.
                                                                     bare once again. The programme on jump jockeys, entitled A
   He seemed OK as he got out of the car, leaving his team
                                                                     Different Breed, gained unique access to McCoy’s life at home
to assess the extent of the damage, which initially looked
                                                                     and in the weighing room.
                                                                         It was pretty clear from conversations with the jockey and
   It was the second setback for Mercedes in as many days. On
                                                                     his wife, Chanelle, that McCoy will find life out of the saddle
Tuesday the car – teams are allowed only one each for testing
                                                                     a very difficult one to adjust to. This week, however, has been
– caught fire as it was driven by Hamilton’s team-mate, Nico
                                                                     one of the hardest in the rider’s career following the death
Rosberg , also after 14 laps. An electrical fault
                                                                     of the hugely promising Darlan at Doncaster when the horse
was diagnosed.
                                                                     suffered a terrible fall at the final flight with McCoy steering him
   Hamilton’s mishap cut into the limited time he has to
                                                                     to what looked certain to be a smooth success from last year’s
become acquainted with the car. After his second one here on
                                                                     Champion Hurdle winner, Rock On Ruby.
Friday – provided that goes ahead — Hamilton has only two
                                                                         McCoy had travelled to Market Rasen on Tuesday to ride
more sessions, both in Barcelona, giving him a total of only
                                                                     three well-beaten runners and Wednesday had started little
six days behind the wheel before the season opens with next
                                                                     better when he suffered a reverse on the evens favourite,
month’s Australian Grand Prix. © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                              
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Vulcanite, in the two-mile novice chase. For a long way up the
demanding Carlisle home straight it looked a similar story with
Shutthefrontdoor, only for the jockey to galvanise his mount
                                                                  Horse racing tips: Thursday 7 February
after the last before prevailing by half a length.
    Shutthefrontdoor’s trainer, Jonjo O’Neill, had indicated      Fighter Boy is the best bet of the day at
in advance of Wednesday’s race that the JP McManus-               Wolverhampton
owned horse would be aimed at one of the handicaps at
                                                                  Tony Paley
the Cheltenham Festival and he was introduced as 10-1
second favourite in the betting for the Pertemps Final by the
bookmakers Paddy Power.
    The winner could probably have won by more but McCoy
had to work hard to get his mount to respond, as he had to
previously at Wincanton, and Shutthefrontdoor will find the
opposition much tougher at the Festival next month. McCoy
was of the same opinion and told the Racing Post afterwards:
“He just kept on. I think he would lack the experience for the
big race.”
    Earlier Eduard was given quotes of 40-1 for both the
Supreme Novice and Neptune Investment Management
Hurdles at the Festival after an easy win in the opener at
prohibitive odds of 8-1 on.
    “He’s a lovely horse and I would say his future is over       They race on Thursday at Wolverhampton, above, where
fences,” the winning rider, Davy Russell, told Racing UK. “He’s   Fighter Boy is the best bet of the day in the opening race.
a big, honest horse and relaxed from flag-fall – he was very      Photograph: John Giles/PA
professional the way he went about his job. There will be worse   Wolverhampton
horses than him running at Cheltenham. I’d say he’d go for the       5.05 Fighter Boy (nap) 5.35 Bussa 6.05 Run It Twice 6.35
staying novice as the Supreme might be too sharp for him. That    Going Grey 7.05 Hand In Glove 7.35 Midnight Dream 8.05
would be up to Nicky [Richards] but he definitely wouldn’t        Excaliber
disgrace himself.”                                                   Doncaster
    Russell also talked about his forthcoming ride at the            1.20 Coverholder (nb) 1.55 Close Touch 2.30 Montoya’s Son
weekend on Sir Des Champs in the Hennessy Gold Cup at             3.05 Midnight Oscar 3.35 Overquest 4.05 Pine Creek 4.35 Sacre
Leopardstown. His mount, second favourite for the Cheltenham      Toi
Gold Cup, made uncharacteristic errors when beaten into fourth       Huntingdon
at the track in the Lexus Chase over Christmas.                      1.35 Virginia Ash 2.05 Croco Mister 2.40 Ballypatrick 3.15
    “He’s still learning and I imagine he would have learned      Brinestine 3.45 Un Bon P’tit Gars 4.15 Tricky Trickster 4.45
from those mistakes,” said Russell. “He has made the transition   August Hill
reasonably well from last season and he has improved again           Taunton
at home for that run. He’s a more professional horse and we’re       1.45 Bellflower Boy 2.15 Maxi Chop 2.50 Mr Mole 3.25
looking for him to keep improving.”                               Midnight Belle 3.55 Standing Ovation 4.25 Horizontal Speed

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                                                                   Jonathan Quick stopped 18 shots as the LA Kings downed the
                                                                   Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2.
Chicago Blackhawks beat San Jose                                      Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter and Slava Voynov also scored
Sharks in battle of NHL’s two top teams                            while Justin Williams had three assists for the reigning Stanley
                                                                   Cup champions, who began the night 14th in the Western
Patrick Kane scored twice as the Chicago                           Conference with six points two more than last-place Calgary
Blackhawks beat the San Jose Sharks 5-3;                           and one fewer than Columbus.
                                                                      Derick Brassard and Dereck MacKenzie had the Blue Jackets’
New Jersey Devils beat New York Rangers
3-1                                                                   At Detroit, Jarome Iginla scored his first goal of the season
Colin Horgan: Five things we learned in NHL                        and Dennis Wideman had a goal and an assist to lead the
this week                                                          Calgary Flames past the Detroit Red Wings 4-1.
                                                                      Curtis Glencross and Mark Giordano also scored for Calgary,
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                                                                   while Miikka Kiprusoff made 19 saves before being replaced by
                                                                   Leland Irving to start the third period because of a lower-body
                                                                   injury. Irving stopped six shots.
                                                                      Johan Franzen scored for Detroit and Jimmy Howard made
                                                                   19 saves.
                                                                      Philadelphia’s Tom Sestito scored his first two goals in three
                                                                   years to lead the Flyers over the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1,
                                                                   while Chris Neil scored in the second period and Craig Anderson
                                                                   made 20 saves to lead the Ottawa Senators past the Buffalo
                                                                   Sabres 4-3.
                                                                      In other games, the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the
                                                                   Washington Capitals 3-2, the Nashville Predators downed
                                                                   the St. Louis Blues 6-1 and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Florida
                                                                   Panthers 3-2 in overtime.
Chicago Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews in action during a 5-3
victory against the San Jose Sharks. Photograph: Damon
Tarver/Zuma Press/Corbis
Patrick Kane scored twice, including the tiebreaking goal after
a fight midway through the second period as the Chicago
Blackhawks beat the San Jose Sharks 5-3 on Tuesday in a
matchup of the NHL’s top two teams.
    Brandon Saad, Andrew Shaw and Marcus Kruger also scored
for the Blackhawks, who overcame a 2-0 deficit to remain the

only team yet to lose in regulation this season. Corey Crawford
made 30 saves.
    Joe Pavelski, Tommy Wingels and Michal Handzus scored for
the Sharks, while Antti Niemi made 26 saves.
    David Clarkson scored twice and set up New Jersey’s other
goal as the Devils downed the New York Rangers 3-1 in their
first meeting since last year’s Eastern Conference finals.
    The Devils won that series in six games, and they still had
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                                                                    Indiana Pacers over the Atlanta Hawks 114-103 for its 15th
                                                                    straight home win.
Alicia Keys moves from Super Bowl                                       David West had 15 points and seven rebounds and George
anthem to NBA All-Star half-time                                    Hill added 15 points and eight assists to help the Pacers to their
                                                                    fourth straight victory overall and their longest home win
Alicia Keys, fresh from her Super Bowl Star                         streak in 13 years.
Spangled Banner performance, is set for the                             Jeff Teague had 24 points and eight assists to lead the Hawks,
                                                                    who have lost three of their last four.
NBA All-Star half-time show
                                                                        Goran Dragic scored 15 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter
NBA: Five things we learned this week                               to lead the Phoenix Suns past the Memphis Grizzlies 96-90.
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                                                                    points to put the game away.
                                                                        Marcin Gortat led the Suns with 20 points, while Jermaine
                                                                    O’Neal had 14 points.
                                                                        At Denver, Danilo Gallinari and Ty Lawson each scored
                                                                    22 points to help rally the Nuggets to their seventh straight
                                                                    victory, 112-104 over the Milwaukee Bucks.
                                                                        The Nuggets withstood Samuel Dalembert’s career-high 35
                                                                    points and trailed by 17 points in the first half before coming
                                                                    back to beat the Bucks for the fifth time in a row and get their
                                                                    longest winning streak overall in more than two years.

                                                                    Lindsey Vonn pledges to return for 2014
Alicia Keys sings the Star Spangled Banner at Super Bowl
                                                                    Winter Olympics following crash
XLVII. Now she will perform at half-time in the NBA All-Star
game. Photograph: PictureGroup/Rex Features                         US ski team says Vonn will be out for the
Next stop for Alicia Keys? NBA All-Star weekend. The superstar,     remainder of the season having torn her
fresh off her national anthem performance at the Super Bowl         anterior cruciate ligament
football championship, is set to be the half-time entertainment
                                                                    Amanda Holpuch
at the February 17 game.
    She’s just one of several musicians on tap. Ne-Yo will sing
during player introductions, while John Legend will sing the
national anthem. Singer and Lincoln actress Gloria Reuben will
sing the Canadian anthem.
    Nick Cannon is set to host festivities the evening before the
game, which will include performances by American Idol Phillip
Phillips, Ellie Goulding and the first live TV performance in
three years by a reunited Fall Out Boy.
    The Houston Rockets equaled an NBA record and set a club
mark with 23 3-pointers in a 140-109 win over the Golden State
    Jeremy Lin scored 28 points, including a career-high five
3-pointers, and Chandler Parsons and James Harden hit four 3s
apiece as the Rockets reached a season-high point total. They       Lindsey Vonn is airlifted after crashing during the women’s
also tied an NBA record with 14 3-pointers in the first half and    super-G course, at the Alpine skiing world championships in
had a season-high 35 assists on 46 field goals overall.             Austria. Photograph: Luca Bruno/AP
    Jarrett Jack scored 20 points and David Lee had 18 for the      American skier Lindsey Vonn said on Wednesday that she still
Warriors.                                                           hopes to participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics after suffering
    The Los Angeles Lakers overcame the absences of Dwight          a serious crash at the alpine world skiing championships in
Howard and Metta World Peace, and the loss of Pau Gasol to          Austria on Tuesday.
beat the Brooklyn Nets 92-83 on Tuesday.                               “I can assure you that I will work as hard as humanly possible
    Kobe Bryant had 21 points and eight rebounds, while Antawn      to be ready to represent my country next year in Sochi,” Vonn
Jamison, starting for the suspended World Peace, made the go-       said in a statement.
ahead basket during a closing 14-3 run for the Lakers, who have        Vonn and personnel from the US ski team said they believe
won three straight and six of their last seven games.               she will be healthy enough to compete in the 2014 Winter
    Howard missed his third consecutive game with a torn            Oympics in the Russian resort of Sochi, which opens a year from
labrum in his right shoulder and Gasol, his replacement,            Thursday.
appeared to injure his right foot with a little more than 4            Vonn, a four-time overall world champion, lost her balance
minutes remaining.                                                  after landing a jump midway through the women’s super-G. Her
    Paul George scored 29 points at Indianapolis to lead the © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                           
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ski then came off and she slid off the course and crashed into a
gate before coming to a complete stop.
   She said she would return to Vail, Colorado as soon as
                                                                    Mark Cavendish wins again to take
possible to receive necessary treatment, and thanked the            overall lead at Tour of Qatar
medical team and her fans. “I am grateful to my fans for
the outpouring of support, which has really helped me stay          • Cavendish wins second successive stage
positive,” she said.                                                in Qatar
   US ski team medical director Kyle Wilkens said Vonn tore her
                                                                    • Fifth stage runs over 154km to Madinat Al
anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in her
right knee. She also suffered a tibial fracture.
   “She’ll be heading back to Vail and I will be doing surgery on   Press Association
her knee early next week,” team physician William Sterett told
the Associated Press . Sterett has treated
Vonn since she was a child and said: “She’s in good spirits”.
   There is a plan for only one operation but he said it was
possible she could require another surgery.
   “She’s intently focusing on the next step, and the next step
now is getting from point A to point B, with point B being next
season,” Sterett said. “She’s determined and upbeat.”
   The women’s super-G had been postponed for nearly four
hours because of fog, and the race was delayed multiple times.
Vonn had posted the fastest time in the first interval before
suffering the crash. She was treated on the mountain and then
taken to a hospital by helicopter.
   The US ski team said that Vonn would
                                                                    Mark Cavendish celebrates as he wins the fourth stage of the
be out for the remainder of the season “but is expected to
                                                                    Tour of Qatar. Photograph: Nicolas Bouvy/EPA
return to racing for the 2013-14 Audi FIS World Cup season and
the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.”                            Mark Cavendish has claimed back-to-back stage wins and the
                                                                    overall lead at the Tour of Qatar.
                                                                       The Omega Pharma-QuickStep rider won the 160km route
                                                                    from Camel Race Track to Al Khor Corniche, which is the
                                                                    longest of the race.
                                                                       The 27-year-old from the Isle of Man, who left Team Sky
                                                                    late last year, beat Holland’s Barry Markus and Italian Andrea
                                                                    Guardini in the battle of the sprinters to claim the Golden Jersey
                                                                    after the peloton reeled in the leading breakaway group by
                                                                       Cavendish stayed clear of a crash in the closing stages to
                                                                    cross ahead of Vacansoleil-DCM racer Markus with Astana Pro
                                                                    Team’s Guardini in third.
                                                                       The victory, and the accompanying 10-second time bonus,

                                                                    meant Cavendish took the overall lead by two seconds from the
                                                                    American Brent Bookwalter of BMC Racing.
                                                                       “I am really, really happy right now. Three wins already,
                                                                    shows me, and shows [team manager] Patrick Lefevere, that I
                                                                    made the right move to Omega Pharma-Quick-Step,” Cavendish
  Fantasy League Classic                                               “I get along really well with the guys already, and we have a

  Manage a squad of 16 players                                      good ambience with the team. I hope this can continue and we
                                                                    can keep getting good results this year.”
  and a budget of £75 million.                                         The fifth stage of the Tour of Qatar runs over 154km from Al

  £75,000 worth of prizes to be                                     Zubara Fort to Madinat Al Shamal.

  won in weekly, monthly and
  overall competitions. Beat your
  nearest and dearest in a friends
  league. © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                           
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                                                                    Having won silver at the Olympics in 2006 ,
                                                                    Rudman will be hoping her world championship success can
Five Britons to watch out for at Sochi                              help her back on to the podium in Sochi after disappointing
2014                                                                in Vancouver when going to Canada as won of the medal
Five British athletes who have the potential                        Eve Muirhead
to win a medal at next year’s Winter                                   Age 22 Event Curling
Olympics in Sochi                                                      Muirhead was 2011 European champion as skip of an all-
                                                                    Scottish British team. Muirhead is a four-times world junior
Guardian Sport staff                                                champion and her team, which also comprises Anna Sloan,
                                                                    Claire Hamilton and Vicki Adams, won European gold in 2011.
                                                                    They need to win the Scottish championships in February this
                                                                    year to be selected to compete at the worlds in Latvia at the end
                                                                    of March. The team are currently 7th in the world rankings.

                                                                    British swimmer aiming for Rio
                                                                    Olympics dies after cardiac arrest

                                                                    Chloe Waddell, 16, is pronounced dead in
                                                                    hospital after parents find her unconscious
                                                                    at home
The British slopestyle skier James Woods, after his third place     Press Association
at the Winter X Games in Aspen last month. Photograph: Doug
Pensinger/Getty Images
Elise Christie
    Age 22 Event Short-track speed skating
    Elise Christie, who comes from Livingston in Scotland,
is ranked No1 in the world in the 1,000m and became Great
Britain’s first short-track speed skating World Cup champion at
the distance in February. Now based in Nottingham, Christie
will target the world championships in March as a stepping
stone towards Sochi. “I really believe I can make the podium,”
she says.
James Woods
   Age 20 Event Slopestyle skiing
   Britain’s best chance for a medal on the slopes. Recently won    The British open-water swimmer Keri-Anne Payne, who
two World Cup Slopestyle events and an X Games Slopestyle           expressed her sadness at the death of Chloe Waddell.
bronze, making him the most successful British snowsports           Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images
athlete to date, and is the current world No1. In slopestyle
                                                                    Swimmers and coaches have spoken of their sadness and shock
skiing, which will make its debut at the Winter Games in 2014,
                                                                    at the death of a 16-year-old swimmer who was aiming for the
the goal is to perform the most difficult tricks instead of doing
                                                                    Rio 2016 Olympics.
one trick repeatedly.
                                                                        Chloe Waddell, who had competed in the Olympic trials
Lizzy Yarnold                                                       against Rebecca Adlington, went into cardiac arrest on Sunday
   Age 24 Event Skeleton bob                                        morning. She was found unconscious by her parents, who tried
   Yarnold, seen as the heir-apparent to Amy Williams,              to revive her at their home in Timperley, Greater Manchester,
who won gold in Vancouver in 2010 , was              but was later pronounced dead in hospital.
disappointed to finish fourth by 0.13sec in the 2013 world              The double world open-water champion Keri-Anne Payne
championships in St Moritz. Yarnold, who won world                  tweeted : “Such sad news about Swim
championship bronze and became the junior world champion            Trafford swimmer Chloe Waddell who passed away on Sunday.
last year, is confident that she can win gold in the senior event   Thoughts are with her family&friends.”
in Sochi .                                               Chloe, a member of both the Swim Trafford and Altrincham
Shelley Rudman                                                      swimming clubs, had been at an awards ceremony on Saturday
   Age 31 Event Skeleton bob                                        where she was presented with an outstanding achievement
   On 31 January, Rudman became the first British woman to          award. She later went to a party at a friend’s house.
win gold at a senior world championships in              Police said the cause of death was not yet known but there
the skeleton bob. The overall 2012 World Cup Champion has           are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances. Details
had another good season with a famous World Cup victory in          have been passed to the coroner.
Winterberg, Germany, where she smashed the track record.                A police spokesman said: “At about 8.30am on 3 February © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                           
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2013, police were called by the ambulance service who had
attended a house on Bryons Drive in Timperley. Paramedics
were there to treat a 16-year-old girl who had gone into cardiac
                                                                   Ed Clancy returns to team pursuit at
arrest. She was taken to hospital but sadly died.”                 Track Cycling World Championships
    The spokesman said Chloe had slipped and cut her lip at her
friend’s party, but described it as a minor injury.                • Great Britain name squad for February
    Swim Trafford’s head performance coach, James Stannard,        event in Minsk
said he was “deeply saddened and shocked” by the death. He
                                                                   • Yorkshireman reverts to four-man, 4km
said: “As a small squad, this news has rocked us.”
    Chloe had swum at the National and British Championships
in the 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle and open water events.        Press Association
She had also been selected to attend British Swimming talent
camps including an open water development camp last year,
and had won a bronze medal in the 800m freestyle at the UK
School Games.
    She “showed excellent potential”, said Mark Perry of British
Swimming. He said: “Chloe will be missed by all,” adding that
her death was a “sad time for the swimming community”.
    Mark Rose, the City of Manchester Aquatics team head
coach, who worked with Chloe as part of the Manchester
Beacon Programme, also paid tribute.
    He said: “Chloe swam at the Manchester Beacon and was a
hard-working, self-motivated individual who always walked in
with a smile on her face. Chloe and her coach, James Stannard,
were a great partnership who worked exceptionally well
                                                                   Ed Clancy has returned to the team pursuit in the Great
together as they developed Chloe’s performances and skills in
                                                                   Britain squad for the Track Cycling World Championships.
and out of the water.
                                                                   Photograph: Tim Ireland/PA
    “Her positive frame of mind at all times is a credit to her
family, her coach, James and her team at Trafford. She will be     Ed Clancy has returned to the team pursuit in the Great Britain
sorely missed and all of us here at Manchester have her family     squad for the Track Cycling World Championships.
and her team-mates in our thoughts.”                                   The Yorkshireman rode in the three-man, three-lap team
                                                                   sprint at last November’s Track World Cup in Glasgow, but has
                                                                   now reverted to the four-man, 4km event in which he is twice
                                                                   an Olympic champion for the event in Minsk, Belarus, which
                                                                   take place from 20-24 February.
                                                                       The Olympic team sprint champions Phil Hindes and Jason
                                                                   Kenny are joined in the sprint group by Kian Emadi or Matt
                                                                   Crampton, with one of the pair taking the third-man position in

                                                                   the team sprint.
                                                                       Sir Chris Hoy was third man at London 2012 but is taking a
                                                                   break this season as he contemplates his future.
                                                                       The team is as expected, although Jess Varnish misses out in
                                                                   the women’s sprint group due to a back injury and is replaced
                                                                   by Vicky Williamson. Williamson will team up with Becky
  Mystified by mortgages?                                          James in a new-look women’s team sprint lineup.
                                                                       Clancy is joined in the men’s endurance group by his fellow
  Perplexes by pensions?                                           Olympic champion Steven Burke, who missed the Glasgow
  Confused about your consumer                                     Track World Cup competition, as well as the 2012 world team

  rights?                                                          pursuit champion Andy Tennant, Sam Harrison, who won
                                                                   world team pursuit bronze in 2011, and the world championship
  Our experts are on hand to                                       debutants Jon Dibben, Owain Doull and Simon Yates.

  answer all kinds of financial                                        The returns of Clancy and Burke will improve chances in
                                                                   the team pursuit; in Glasgow the young team crashed out of
  and legal questions, so you                                      qualifying.
  don’t need to be baffled any                                         In all there are five riders making their debut at a senior
                                                                   world championships, with Elinor Barker the fifth. She will
  more. Read their advice, or put                                  line up with the Olympic champions Laura Trott and Dani King
  a question to them, at                                           in the women’s team pursuit, having won gold at the event in
                                                                   Glasgow. Joanna Rowsell, who won the event at London 2012, is                                             focusing on the road this year.
                                                                       There are six Olympic champions in the squad: the triple
                                                                   Olympic champion Kenny, the double Olympic champions © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                         
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Clancy and Trott, Hindes, Burke and King.
    British Cycling’s performance director, Sir Dave Brailsford,
said: “The first year of an Olympic cycle is always an interesting
                                                                      Lizzy Yarnold: ‘Winter Olympic gold is
one as it gives the opportunity for our young riders to compete       what I train every day for’
alongside the world’s best and experience the competitive
environment which is crucial for their development. With that         Britain’s 2012 junior world bob skeleton
in mind, the focus for the team is to perform to the best of their    champion is confident and thinking big
ability as the route to Rio firmly begins.”
                                                                      ahead of Russia’s 2014 Winter Games
    Varnish has been carrying her back injury for some time and
it became apparent at the December training camp in Perth that        Sean Ingle
rest was required. “Jess has had an ongoing back complaint
for quite some time,” the British sprint coach, Iain Dyer, told “We’ve done the best we can to manage
and treat the issue but ultimately something like a disc fissure is
hard to treat with anything other than rest.”
    Dyer is optimistic the youthful sprint squad will only
improve in the years to come. “I have got absolutely no doubt
that we will be talking about these guys with six months to go
towards Rio, so that’s going to be a good thing at this stage,” he
Great Britain team for Track Cycling World
   Sprint Men: Matt Crampton, Kian Emadi, Jason Kenny, Phil
Hindes. Women: Becky James, Vicky Williamson.                         Lizzy Yarnold will be at a test event in Sochi this week on the
   Endurance Men: Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, Owain Doull, Sam           track where she will compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Harrison, Andy Tennant, Simon Yates. Women: Elinor Barker,            Photograph: Jamie Mcdonald/Getty Images
Dani King, Laura Trott.
                                                                      The statistics are as stark as midwinter. Since the millennium,
                                                                      Britain has sent 140 athletes to three Winter Olympics – in
                                                                      exchange, to put it bluntly and a mite harshly, for four trips to
                                                                      the podium. One visit came via Rhona Martin’s curlers, who
                                                                      polished and scrubbed their way to gold in Salt Lake City in
                                                                      2002 . The rest, quietly and with only passing
                                                                      media fanfare, came in the bob skeleton. Specifically, the
                                                                      women’s bob skeleton.
                                                                          In 2002, the three-times world champion Alex Coomber
                                                                      scraped bronze, despite a broken wrist. Four years later, Shelley
                                                                      Rudman went one better, silver. Then Amy Williams, the girl
                                                                      from Bath with the corkscrew curls, slid to a surprise gold in
                                                                      Vancouver in 2010 .
                                                                          Last week Rudman showed there was plenty of meat on
                                                                      the bones of British skeleton by winning gold at the world
                                                                      championships in St Moritz – while Lizzy
                                                                      Yarnold, the British 2012 junior world champion, missed out on

                                                                      bronze by 0.13sec in finishing fourth.
                                                                          And as Yarnold prepares for a test event in Sochi this week,
                                                                      on the track where she will compete at the 2014 Games, she is
                                                                      thinking big. “Gold is absolutely possible,” she says. “It’s what I
                                                                      train every day for. I believe in myself.”
                                                                          She is not the only one. Williams, who is retired and happens
  Follow the ups and downs of                                         to be Yarnold’s landlady, predicts great things of her tenant,
                                                                      whom she calls “an amazing athlete”. The pair are friends.
  the housing market                                                  Williams passes on titbits and encouragement, Yarnold soaks it
  and get details of the latest                                       up, learns, improves. And never complains about the boiler.

  mortgage deals in our Property                                          But athleticism is only one of the attributes needed to
                                                                      hurtle down a kilometre of ice on a metal tray – without brakes
  section.                                                            – at speeds of over 85mph and with G-forces scrambling your                                                senses. Strength, courage and Yoda-like levels of calm are also
                                                                      essential. A degree of madness comes with the territory.
                                                                          “Your head is millimetres from the ice, if not on the ice
                                                                      and you’re going at high speeds and facing extreme G-forces,”
                                                                      Yarnold says. “Sometimes I get to the bottom of the track and I © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                              
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can’t even speak. I don’t really know what is going on because
of the stress I’ve put on my brain and skull during a run. That’s
something I accept. I know what may happen but I’m just going
to go for it anyway.”
    That immense will to succeed can put her in dangerous
places. Last year Yarnold was practising on the Vancouver
track where Williams won her gold medal – and on which the
Georgian Nodar Kumaritashvili was killed before the 2010
Winter Olympics – when she lost consciousness
at 90mph. “There was so much pressure my brain couldn’t take
it,” she says. “I was struggling at the time but I’ve learned from
the experience.”
    Aren’t you scared it may happen again? “It’s like being on a
rollercoaster,” she says. “Before I go down I am so nervous – I
think I could hurt myself or it could go tits up. But within one
breath I remove all the nerves and I’m fine.”
    Yarnold, who lives in Bath, prepares for each run by listening
to grime. “They are very forthcoming those rappers,” she
jokes. “They never doubt themselves. Artists like Wiley tinyurl.
com/cuo28na and Dizzee Rascal help me get into the zone while
I warm up.
    “You then have to be two different people in a matter of
seconds. Beforehand I am really up for it, almost agitated,
because you have to get power in the sledge at the start. But
as soon as I’m on it I focus on being calm, aerodynamic, and
feeling the ice.”
    There are three Britons in the top 20 of the FIBT World Cup
rankings, with Yarnold in sixth, one place ahead of Rudman,
and Donna Creighton in 16th – success that Yarnold believes,
counterintuitively, is partly explained by the lack of a track
in the UK. “We don’t have our own track to train on, which is
absolutely ridiculous, but it means we have to learn quickly,”
she says. “We go eight months without doing our skill at all and
then we get just six practice runs before a race – so you have to
absorb everything, especially as you are often up against rivals
who train on the track you’re racing on.”
    And even though skeleton is an individual sport, Yarnold
says it helps that she works closely with her team-mates.
“Before every race I always shake Shelley and Donna’s hands
and say good luck,” she adds. “We pool information on each
track because it helps us compete better.”
    Yarnold insists that the Winter Olympics will be just another
race. Even so, her recent dissertation on mental toughness
may come in handy. What did she learn? “Athletes are very
complicated but belief in yourself underpins everything,” she
says, practising what she preaches. “You have to have complete
confidence. You have to throw yourself in completely.” © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                    

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