As Red Bull prepares to send a man into the stratosphere, Simon Usborne examines its extreme-sports business plan
From Velodrome to Aquatics Centre, the Olympic Park comes alive again as Paralympians raise the bar and crowds raise the roofs
A former Olympian?
Briton was working in a pub after having his funding cut – now he is Olympic champion
What does the female audience do at a One Direction concert? Go nuts and buy calendars
To note that a particular coach has a philosophy of football is a staple of sports reporting. Suggesting something grander than a mere approach and less technocratic than a theory, a philosophy of sport hints at meanings beyond the winning and losing of games. Touchline philosophy it may be, but our sporting conversation is preoccupied with question of rightness and wrongness, of beauty and ugliness - the core concerns of ethics and aesthetics. For the Ancient Greeks, the relationship between sport and philosophy was obvious. The basis of a classical education was the alphabet plus swimming. The habits and discipline of preparing the mind and body were parallel and complementary. Plato, his name derived from platon or broad-shouldered, was an accomplished wrestler. Aristotle, an avid fan of the beauty of the pentathlete, taught at the Lyceum – itself a gymnasium.
After five years away from the slopes, Tracey Davies found the prospect of heading back to the piste terrifying. But a chance encounter taught her a new way to cope with her nerves
South Tyrol is Italy’s most northerly province. Its breathtaking, mountain-dominated vistas are home to the jaw-droppingly pretty UNESCO-listed Dolomites - and oodles of great skiing.
The new film Chalet Girl is big on the romance of life on the slopes. But as Stephen Wood reveals, it's a long way from the reality of a modern ski resort
Jon Secrett finds himself spoiled in a fully catered chalet
Enjoy the intimate atmosphere of a chalet without the stress of organising a large group holiday, writes Nicola Homer
Six summer Olympic sports have received cash increases ahead of the London 2012 Games but winter sports such as figure skating, skiing and snowboarding have had their funding reduced to zero, UK Sport have announced.
Continuity errors, anachronisms, gaffes, and plain clangers can't halt the rise of period drama
Cross-country skiing offers an eye-opening alternative to the downhill variety.
The country at the heart of the Alps delivers top-grade winter sports
Outside the Auditorium in Méribel's main square, a miniature snowpark had been set up.