Retired tennis player Li Na was one of the most popular winners in Shanghai, picking up the exceptional achievement award. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images for Laureus

Security was tight around the landmark Grand Theatre building on the north side of People’s Square in downtown Shanghai, as some of the biggest names (...)

Austrian ski jumper Daniela Iraschko-Stolz in training at Sochi this week: “It is a bit of an urge for risk.” Photograph: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

The mountain village of Esto-Sadok feels like an unlikely place for progress to take that great leap forward. In some places grey, in others brown, it(...)