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Britain's first snow sport Winter Olympic medallist?

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Anna Thompson | 16:29 UK time, Saturday, 17 April 2010

He is only 16 but Jamie Nicholls already lives an envious lifestyle as he travels around the ski resorts of Europe pursuing his sporting dream.

The teenager from Yorshire is not a seasonaire boarder bum, though. He is in fact regarded as one of Britain's best snowboarders.

Nicholls underlined his ability at the recent British Freeski and Snowboarding Championships (known as the Brits) where he won the slopestyle and half-pipe titles and finished second in the big air.

He is also an exciting prospect on the world stage and is aiming to challenge the top order with some claiming his talent is such that in four years' time he could become Britain's first snow sport Winter Olympic medallist.

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Slopestyle could follow in footsteps of ski cross

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Anna Thompson | 22:43 UK time, Sunday, 28 February 2010

There is no doubt ski cross made a triumphant debut at the 2010 Winter Olympics. It was a firm favourite with the crowds at Cypress Mountain and millions more watched it around the world (the peak BBC television audience on that Sunday evening was four million.)

Ski cross came hot on the heels of its snowboarding counterpart, which burst on to the Games programme in Turin - and was an instant hit, thanks in no small part to Lindsey Jacobellis' infamous showboating which cost her Olympic gold.

Where once the International Olympic Committee and the freestyle movement eschewed one another - they are now very much the best of buddies with half-pipe and ski/snowboard cross firmly established.

In four years' time at Sochi in Russia another freestyle event - slopestyle - has a very good chance of being included .

If it is successful, Britain would have an excellent chance of a medal as Bristol's Jenny Jones is a double X Games gold medallist in the event.

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Why did British curlers flop in Vancouver?

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Anna Thompson | 09:41 UK time, Thursday, 25 February 2010

Great Britain's men's curlers came to Vancouver with one objective - to win Olympic gold.

They were the current world champions and had beaten Canada on the four occasions they had met before the Games began, giving David Murdoch's men what was thought to be a key psychological edge over their major rivals for the title.

But Britain didn't even make the gold medal showdown at Vancouver Olympic Centre. Their hopes and dreams came crashing down around them when they failed to make it to the semi-finals after a galling 7-6 play-off defeat by European champions Sweden.

Murdoch, Euan Byers, Pete Smith and Ewan MacDonald were crestfallen - the only word they could summon to explain their feelings was "heart-breaking" - and there will now be an inquest into why they performed so poorly when so much was expected of them.

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