Downhill ski, medals triumph and failure, world records and curling - a risky business?

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With the arrival of the 22nd Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, this week sees the start of one of the world's great sporting spectacles. With 98 events across 15 disciplines, it looks set to deliver a feast of entertainment and endeavour. Sport takes central importance across the world, but it has particular resonance here in the UK. It was the UK, after all, that codified a good proportion of the world sporting events that take place every day - including the curling event at this year's Winter