Arts and Entertainment That's one hell of a lot of lycra: The 12 celebrities are in Austria training for new reality TV show, The Jump

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Ski Jumping: Fast Bredesen reaction

Espen Bredesen, twice the world champion and favoured to lift at least one gold medal for the hosts at the Lillehammer Olympic Games, responded to his defeat by Jens Weissflog at Oberstdorf last week with a hill record at Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the second leg of the Four Hills tournament to reduce the German's lead in the World Cup to 15 points. 'I couldn't have jumped any farther today,' Bredesen said after a graceful 111 metres in the air in a light, wet snow. The leap upstaged Weissflog, who had himself improved the hill mark to 110m minutes before the Norwegian took his second jump. Weissflog had broken Bredesen's hill record in Oberstdorf. They take their rivalry to Innsbruck for the third leg of the series on Tuesday, with the final segment to follow at another Austrian venue, Bischofshofen.

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Sport in Short: Ski Jumping

WORLD CUP (Lillehammer, Nor) Leading results: 1 E Bredesen (Nor) 217.9pts (first jump 110.8m, second 107.1m); 2 T Okabe (Japan) 210.0 (94.9, 115.1); 3 A Goldberger (Aut) 201.1 (103.4, 97.7).

Skiing: Time closesin on piste: Bill Scott reports from Morioka, Japan, on a race against the clock at the world skiing championships

AS THE schedule starts to tighten, the world championships are feeling the pinch of too few days and too many races. From this morning seven medal events need to be completed by Sunday's closing ceremonies. Two of the races are downhills, where one gust of wind or a few centimetres of extra snow on the course can spell the difference between racing and waiting.

Travel: Conditions poor and deadly: Skiers and ski resorts must take safety seriously, says Chris Gill

SOUL-SEARCHING on a grand scale has followed the deaths of several British skiers this month. How can the risk of collision be reduced? Why are British skiers so persistently ignorant of International Ski Federation rules? Should inexperienced skiers be forced to ski in the company of instructors? Do we need American- style speed restrictions and piste police? Should consumption of alcohol be limited or banned? Should resorts limit the numbers of skiers on the piste, as Lech in Austria has begun to do?

Ski Jumping: Roof-top view

A ski jumper soars high over the German town of Obertsdorf during practice for the annual new year Four Hills event which starts today

Keith Elliott at Large: Whatever happened to Eddie the Eagle?: Britain's intrepid ski jumper intends to land on his feet despite landing on his head when clearing over 100 metres in his European Cup build-up

IF Dr Frankenstein had put his talents into building a sporting hero rather than a horror movie character, what qualities do you supposed he would have stolen?

Edinburgh Festival Day 17: Reviews: Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas's set is the slickest, tightest stand-up routine in Edinburgh. Watching the Lloyds names take a dive, he says, is like watching the ski jump - 'You don't care who wins, you just want to see as many injuries as possible.' His material is smart, yet it's so heavily scripted it gives his delivery a perfunctory feel. It comes as a relief when someone leaves for the toilet and Thomas relaxes into an inspired stretch of infectious banter.
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