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Skiing: Left cold by quest for gold; YOU CAN BET ON IT.

Byline: By Chris Hutcheon

IT may always seem freezing in Blighty but, believe it or not, it's not actually cold enough to produce top-class winter Olympians consistently.

It's fair to assume, then, that the GB squad won't return from Turin with a bagful of medals and, indeed, there seems every reason to believe Coral will be paying out at 11/8 on Britain returning without a single gold medal - though both the men's and women's curling teams will be aiming to make that bet a loser.

The Germans are currently strong favourites to top the medal table but it would be unwise to write off Norway who are likely to dominate the cross-country skiing events. The Nordic squad are a tasty 4/1 with bet365 to attain the most podium finishes and 7/4 with VCBet to gain the most golds.

Roy Keane steps into the cauldron today for his first Old Firm derby and VCBet is looking to entice any punters who feel that the combative midfielder is likely to lose his temper in the heat of the Ibrox battle. The online firm marks 5/4 against Keane receiving a yellow card and a tempting 8/1 against him being given his marching orders in a clash for which both Rangers and Celtic are 8/5, with Sporting Odds and VCBet respectively, to win.

After their extraordinary victory against France, it is somewhat surprising to see a buoyant and improving Scotland priced at 2/1 with Ladbrokes to see off Wales in today's Six Nations clash at the Millennium Stadium.

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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Feb 12, 2006
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