2014 in sport: from the winter Olympics to the football world cup

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2014 in sport: from the winter Olympics to the football world cup

London Live's Chris Lloyd discusses the year in sport. 

2014 has seen a packed schedule of sport spread right across the globe, from the icy slopes of the Sochi Winter Olympics, to the sun soaked glamour of the Maracana stadium, with the centrepiece of sporting year being the football world up in Brazil. 

For Great Britain's Lizzy Yarnold, the Winter Olympics provided another medal in the Bob Skeleton cabinet, giving one each year for Britain's women since the event began. Her golden success was compounded by a fabulous run of form by visually impaired alpine skier Kelly Gallagher and her guide Charlotte Evans, who also topped the podium for team GB. 

A few months on, and warmer climates saw London's Wembley Stadium host one of the most anticipated British boxing rematches since Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank laced up their gloves at Old Trafford over 20 years ago. Carl Froch, the controversial winner of his first encounter with George Groves, was determined to retain his world super middleweight titles and silence his critics. The Nottingham fighter did so with a huge right hand in the 8th round, a punch and a night which will long be etched in the memory of British fight fans. 
  
Amidst all the excitement at home and abroad, the small matter of the Football World Cup loomed large. Taking place at the home of world football, Brazil would proudly host the event for the first time since 1950. For England, the promise of success was met sadly with defeat across the board for its young hopefuls; the lads returning on the plane empty handed. For the hosts, a semi final with favourites Germany took place in front of 58,000 fans in Belo Horizonte, a night which went from dreams of success to a living nightmare for the home side. Germany scored 5 times within the first half an hour to leave a stunned arena and nation to boot, the hosts were dumped out emphatically by 7 goals to 1. 

Finally, to the shores of Scotland where a glamorous year of sport came to a head at the Commonwealth Games. Usain Bolt, the fastest man on the planet, was notable by his absence except for the 4x100m relay, handing the spotlight to some of the sports rising stars. 20 year old sprinter Adam Gemili has gone from strength to strength in both the 100m and 200m and has proved his ability to perform on the big stage. Glasgow was no exception and the young man from Dartford stormed to a silver medal in the men's 100m, adding to his 200m gold at the European championships in Zurich. The show closed with Kylie Minogue on the stage in Glasgow as Scotland passed the Commonwealth torch to the Gold Coast of Australia.
 

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