'Snow! Snow! Get Moving!': The Lethal Lure of Mont Blanc

'Snow! Snow! Get Moving!': The Lethal Lure of Mont Blanc

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 11, 2014

Every year, some 30,000 people attempt to climb Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps, and a shocking number die on the mountain. The reason, say locals, is overcrowding, foolhardiness and a lack of respect for the White Lady. By Lukas Eberle and Victoria Weidemann more... Comment ]

Stadium Sticker Shock: Costs Explode for Russia's 2018 World Cup

Stadium Sticker Shock: Costs Explode for Russia's 2018 World Cup

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 16, 2014

Moscow wants to make Russia the "center of the sporting world," but the price tag will be steep. Four years before the 2018 World Cup, costs are exploding in the next host country, with the two most important stadiums each costing more than a billion euros. By Benjamin Bidder in Moscow more... Comment ]

Blood, Sweat and Tears: Team Spirit Leads Germany to 1-0 World Cup Win

Blood, Sweat and Tears: Team Spirit Leads Germany to 1-0 World Cup Win

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 14, 2014

Sunday's German World Cup win was no fluke, but a hard-won victory and a triumph of team spirit, best embodied by the indelible image of Bastian Schweinsteiger's bloody facial wound. By Sara Peschke and Rafael Buschmann in Rio de Janeiro more... Comment ]

Winning Mood: Germany Basks in World Cup Semifinal Triumph

Winning Mood: Germany Basks in World Cup Semifinal Triumph

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 09, 2014

Germany demolished Brazil on Tuesday in an extraordinary match that left the host nation reeling, its hopes of a World Cup victory brutally shattered. But despite delivering the most shocking result in the soccer tournament's history, Joachim Löw and his team aren't taking anything for granted. more... Comment ]

Olympic Spirit? Russia's Overshadowed Games

Olympic Spirit? Russia's Overshadowed Games

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 24, 2014

This year's Winter Olympics were anything but a carefree celebration of sport. Even before the flame was lit, there were critical questions about the preparations for these games -- and then came the events in Kiev. A Commentary by Peter Ahrens more... Comment ]

Letter from Sochi: The Olympic Debut of New Russia

Letter from Sochi: The Olympic Debut of New Russia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 11, 2014

The Sochi Olympics began under a cloud of criticism and distrust. On the ground, however, people are doing all they can to impress the world with images from a city that is representative of a new, more hopeful young Russia. By Benjamin Bidder, Lukas Eberle and Maik Grossekathöfer in Sochi more... Comment ]

Sochi Schadenfreude: 'Ha Ha, The Russians Screwed It Up Again!'

Sochi Schadenfreude: 'Ha Ha, The Russians Screwed It Up Again!'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 11, 2014

People in the West are crowing over every possible problem associated with the Sochi Olympics. But the schadenfreude is an affront to many Russians. We shouldn't forget that Russia is hosting a party and we are their guests. A Commentary by Benjamin Bidder more... Comment ]

Basketball Great Yao Ming: 'Never Underestimate Strength of Character'

Basketball Great Yao Ming: 'Never Underestimate Strength of Character'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 23, 2014

Yao Ming is by far China's most recognizable athlete. The former professional basketball star is now retired, but remains a popular figure in his home country. SPIEGEL speaks with him about China's role in the world and why learning to lose is important. Interview by Klaus Brinkbäumer and Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

Appointments Cancelled: Merkel Breaks Pelvis in Skiing Accident

Appointments Cancelled: Merkel Breaks Pelvis in Skiing Accident

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 06, 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel fractured her pelvis in a skiing accident while on Christmas vacation in Switzerland, her spokesman said Monday. She has cancelled appointments and will have to spend much of the next three weeks lying down. more... Comment ]

Philipp Lahm: Bayern Captain Takes Center Stage Under Guardiola

Philipp Lahm: Bayern Captain Takes Center Stage Under Guardiola

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 20, 2013

With the World Cup coming up, Germany and Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm is reveling in a new role for his club. He spoke to SPIEGEL about trying to live up to coach Pep Guardiola's lofty standards, and why he rarely suffers an injury. Interview Conducted By Rafael Buschmann and Detlef Hacke more... Comment ]