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. more

Feb 29, 2016 2:45 PM Film

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. more

Mar 26, 2015 2:15 PM People

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. more

Mar 17, 2015 11:30 AM Zeitgeist

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! more

Mar 12, 2015 3:45 PM , , Features 3 Comments

Screw art – go sports! Why are athletes Berlin's real heroes? Find out in our March issue, where we tell you all about Berlin's top sports personalities, teams, controversies, social programmes and weird workouts. On newsstands now! more

Mar 2, 2015 11:15 AM Features

Konrad Werner: Losing faith in the Olympics

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. more

Feb 27, 2015 11:45 AM The Berlin Blog

John Riceburg: Let the Games begin!

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

Feb 25, 2015 12:00 PM The Berlin Blog 1 Comments

Maggie Spooner: Slouching towards Olympia

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

Feb 25, 2015 11:00 AM The Berlin Blog

Seymour Gris: No to Olympic kitsch

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. more

Feb 24, 2015 4:40 PM The Berlin Blog

Seymour Gris: Just say nein to the Berlympics!

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. more

Nov 4, 2014 2:00 PM The Berlin Blog 3 Comments

Katarina Witt

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Jacob Sweetman: At their Witts end

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. more

Feb 26, 2014 11:45 AM The Berlin Blog 1 Comments

Jacob Sweetman: Of Pechstein and Haag, a winter's tale

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. more

Feb 6, 2014 11:02 AM The Berlin Blog 4 Comments

Konrad Werner: Leave the Olympics to the fascists

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

Nov 15, 2013 10:45 AM The Berlin Blog 2 Comments

Jacob Sweetman: Wheels on fire

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. more

Aug 22, 2012 9:00 AM The Berlin Blog

Robert Harting

Photo by Erik van Leeuwen (Wikimedia Commons)

Jacob Sweetman: The Harting they come

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. more

Aug 8, 2012 9:00 AM The Berlin Blog 5 Comments

Olympic photographer

Olympic photographer. Photo by Colin Smith

Konrad Werner: Olympic news choke

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

Aug 3, 2012 10:00 AM The Berlin Blog 1 Comments

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