Is Riefenstahl's masterpiece "Olympia" a Nazi film? Here's the history, the scandals and the indomitable woman behind Nazi Germany’s sports epic. More on Third Reich films at our EXBlicks: Verbotene Filme on Mar 1, 20:30 at Lichtblick Kino. Read more


East German-born Claudia Pechstein was a speed skating sensation – until doping accusations in 2009 caused her fall from grace. Fighting for years to prove her innocence, Pechstein is finally back in the skating game and stronger than ever. Read more

Interviews & Portraits

It's official, Hamburg gets the bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Although some Berliners are undoubtedly rejoicing, Dan Borden has a few reasons why the Olympics could have done something for the city. Read more


On Mon, Mar 16, the German Olympic Council will announce its nomination for Hamburg or Berlin as host of the 2024 Olympics. While Hamburg's all for the Games, Berlin finds itself divided. Read the experts' opinions, then weigh in yourself! Read more

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Last day of our Olympics week. Konrad weighs in here: A bit like with the Catholic Church in the 16th century – enlightened Germans are beginning to lose their faith in the Olympics. Read more


Believe it or not, our anti-capitalist blogger is all for Berlin hosting the 2024 Olympics. Here's his reasoning... Read more

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Leading up to our sports issue, Olympic Week continues. Maggie tackles the historical perspective on the Olympics in Berlin. Read more


Our March issue is all about sports, and of course, one of the big topics is the bid for the 2024 Olympics. In the lead-up to the issue, our bloggers are all tackling the topic. Gris, unsurprisingly, is against the 2024 Berlin Summer Olympics. Read more


Oh no! Berlin's already got a campaign to get the Olympics here in the next 10 years. Gris doesn't think the city needs to be carrying that torch. Read more

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Katarina Witt

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Berlin's darkened and smoky corners are most alive when the city's sports fans mutter and grumble their way expertly through the days and nights. Even if the sport is figure skating. The Sportsdesk has the scandal. Read more

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As the world's eyes focus onto the Winter Olympics, two of Berlin's most famous women will be appearing more and more. The Sportsdesk salutes them both whilst sitting, weaselly, on the fence. Read more

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The IOC learned an important lesson this week – don't let democracy anywhere near your Games. Read more

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Marianne Buggenhagen should be a star. Next week the Berlinerin will be competing in her sixth Paralympics, competing for her tenth gold medal. But don't patronise her because of her wheelchair. Idolise her for her achievements. Read more


Robert Harting

Photo by Erik van Leeuwen (Wikimedia Commons)

As one of Germany's real favourites going into the Olympic games, Robert Harting had said that it was difficult to deal with some of the external pressure. It didn't show last night as he won the gold. We salute the prickly thrower. Read more

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Olympic photographer. Photo by Colin Smith

Here's Konrad with a roundup of all the bad news that world leaders tried to drown under this year's Olympic news tsunami. Read more

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