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This Week in Olympic Sport: January 20-26

January 20, 2014 11:01 am

Britain’s athletes can do no more to improve their chances of reaching next month’s Olympics with the qualifying period now over but that doesn’t stop the flow of events ahead of Sochi 2014 as we preview what’s taking place this week.

The British Olympic Association will officially announce the team for Sochi 2014 on Wednesday with the past week only further underlining what might be possible in Russia with notable performances in a host of sports.

And, just because the team is announced that doesn’t mean the results will stop coming, with this week still particularly important to the skeleton and bobsleigh athletes with the World Cup finale taking place and doubling as the European Championships.

Lizzy Yarnold is the women’s skeleton World Cup champion elect heading to Koenigssee after a record-breaking season so far while the Junior World Championships in bobsleigh take place across Germany in Winterberg.

Luge also hosts a World Cup-European Championship double in Sigulda while the global tours for alpine skiing, freestyle skiing, Nordic combined and ski jumping also continue with a number of events scheduled.

And, after the European Figure Skating Championships, where British ice dancers Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland won bronze, the Four Continents Championships take centre stage in Taipei City.

Alpine Skiing

World Cup, Kitzbuehel, January 25-26

World Cup, Cortina d’Ampezzo, January 25-26

Bobsleigh

World Cup-European Championships, Koenigssee, January 24-26

Junior World Championships, Winterberg, January 24-25

Figure Skating

Four Continents Championships, Taipei City, January 22-24

Freestyle Skiing

World Cup, Kreischberg, January 24-25

Luge

World Cup-European Championships, Sigulda, January 25-26

Nordic Combined

World Cup, Oberstdorf, January 25-26

Skeleton

World Cup-European Championships, Koenigssee, January 24-25

Ski Jumping

World Cup, Sapporo, January 25-26

World Cup, Planica, January 25-26

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