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This week in Olympic sport: August 12-18

August 12, 2013 10:09 am

It may only be August but winter is about to descend with the globe’s finest skiers and snowboarders taking to the slopes in New Zealand for the very first World Cup of the Olympic season. We give a flavour of what’s happening this week below:

New Zealand’s South Island will play host to the likes of British hopefuls Jenny Jones, Jamie Nichols and James Woods as part of its Winter Games while reigning Olympic champions Torah Bright and Shaun White are also set to be seen.

The World Athletics Championship continue throughout the week, culminating on Sunday, with Britain and Mo Farah looking to build on his 10,000m gold in Moscow while canoe slalom returns for World Cup action in Slovenia.

Hockey begins its European Championships for both men and women simultaneously in Belgium with England fielding teams in both and Scotland boosting the British chances in the ladies competition in Boom.

Athletics

World Championships, Russia, August 12-18

Canoe Slalom

World Cup, Slovenia, August 16-18

Freestyle Skiing

Halfpipe World Cup, New Zealand, August 16-17

Hockey

European Championships, Belgium, August 17-ongoing

Snowboard

Slopestyle World Cup, New Zealand, August 18-ongoing