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

Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards will teach the celebrities to conquer the ski jump

Rebecca Adlington: I'd love to win Strictly. Oh, and I'm scared of the sea

Adlington opens up on 5am starts, 50m pools and controversial swimsuits

The Last Word: Racist fans and bitter spats as love is floored

British bigots taunt Amir, boo boys target DeGale and Cesc is spitting mad – why is hate all around us?

Swimming: Adlington's cruise wins Rome ticket

Britain's golden girl takes national title and books world championships place

Swimming: Adlington leaves rivals in her wake

Nobody got close to Rebecca Adlington over her favourite distance – the 800m freestyle – as she took gold at the Beijing Olympics and set a world record, and there are only two hopes for her rivals this evening in the same event here at the national championships. Slim and none.

Diving: Daley cuts ties with his 'phone' partner

Father says British prodigy will 'never dive again' with 'bad influence' Aldridge

The Week Ahead 15/03/2009

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The first domestic silverware is up for grabs in Scotland, the CIS Cup. Guess which two sides are in the final? At Twickenham Martin Johnson will be desperate for a win, but never write off the French. And it's come to something when England's cricketers must win a Twenty20 match in Trinidad to salvage a modicum of pride.

New Olympic funding drive announced

A new effort to plug a £50m funding gap for Olympic athletes has been announced today.

Dom Joly: Spouse schlepping, glacial golf or hubcap hurlin' – you choose

Weird World of Sport: The slogan of the Redneck Games is 'everyone and their butt crack is welcome

Rebecca Adlington: 'I really missed it, the whole atmosphere. Getting back to normal life was really hard'

In the last of a series of interviews with the men and women who helped make Beijing 2008 Britain's best Olympics, Ian Herbert talks to the golden girl who captured the country's heart

A record-breaking New Year Honours List

Britain's Olympic and Paralympic champions dominate the New Year's Honours List, taking 55 awards, among them a knighthood for the triple gold medal-winning cyclist, Chris Hoy, and an OBE for the double-gold swimmer, Rebecca Adlington.

Golden glory of Beijing lights up honours list

Rarely, if ever, have British sports men and women dominated their discipline the way the country's cyclists did in Beijing this summer.

The athlete: Lisa Dobriskey

For Lisa Dobriskey the Beijing Olympics might have been one of those breaking points which so regularly invite a young athlete to step back from the challenge that has consumed so much of their lives. She had had the opportunity to reach out for the kind of achievement that made Kelly Holmes a Dame and Rebecca Adlington the instant darling of the British sports public.

Independent Appeal: Modern face of slavery

They are lured by the promise of money and training, but end up as domestic workers who endure abuse and beatings at the hands of their masters.

Pandora: Religious hacks fume over top press job

The Archbishop of Wesminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, has attempted to build bridges with the British media this Christmas after recently agreeing to appear as a guest editor of the Today programme.

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