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Follow Friday: @MarkGaleotti, explaining Russia and the Games

Mark Galeotti is an important voice on the Sochi Olympics, Vladimir Putin’s overarching ambition and all things Russian. Crikey’s Follow Friday series explains why you should add him to your feed.

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Hang Ten: will anyone watch the Winter Olympics?

Viewership numbers for the Winter Olympics have fallen down a ski slope in recent years, so Crikey intern David Ross asks: will Ten make its money back? Maybe not — but that’s not the point.

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Boston Globe | SPORT|

PHOTO GALLERY: 2010 Winter Paralympics

Despite a nagging sense of PC obligation to watch the Winter Paralympics, let’s face it: you probably didn’t. Check out these stunning images from the Games to see what you missed.

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Eddie and Mick feel the heat in Vancouver gay row

Mick Molloy and Eddie McGuire have prompted a blizzard of complaints to Nine with their “homophobic” schoolboy sniggering while commentating US figure skating champion Johnny Weir.

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FiveThirtyEight | SPORT|

Nate Silver projects the Vancouver Olympics medal count

Psepho Nate Silver compiles betting odds and pundits’ predictions to project the winners (and losers) for the Winter Olympics. According to his figures, Australia should pick up a couple.

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The Moscow Times | EUROPE|

Why no one wants to party with Russia

Russia is no longer cool, declares the Moscow Times: and it’s all Putin’s fault. Once known as a “wild, fun-loving and anything-goes” party town, it is now seen as “dreary, corrupt, uncouth and threatening”.

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