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Mike Starling

Mike Starling is the digital features editor at TheWeek.co.uk, where he writes content and edits the Arts & Life, Business and Sport sections of the website. He started his career in 2001 in Gloucestershire as a trainee sports reporter and sub-editor and has since held various roles as a writer and editor at news, travel and B2B publications. 

Sport is his specialist subject, but the growth of the sporting industry in the past 20 years has seen him cover the related business, tourism and marketing arenas as much as the action on the field. He has spoken at a number of sports business conferences and also worked as a consultant creating sports travel content for tourism boards. His international experience includes spells living and working in Dubai, UAE; Brisbane, Australia; and Beirut, Lebanon. He has worked on many publication launches, including a daily newspaper, travel magazine and news website. 

A guide to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics
A lantern containing the Olympic flame for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics
In Depth

A guide to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics

Everything you need to know about the winter games
21 Jan 2022
The world’s best ski resorts and hotels
Verbier was named the world’s best ski resort at the World Ski Awards 2021
The big trip

The world’s best ski resorts and hotels

Verbier took the top honours at the World Ski Awards
20 Jan 2022
Stephen Graham: Britain’s most ‘reliably excellent’ actor
Stephen Graham at the international premiere of The Irishman
Profile

Stephen Graham: Britain’s most ‘reliably excellent’ actor

From Snatch to The Irishman, the Liverpudlian’s résumé is filled with blockbuster roles 
19 Jan 2022
Making money: investing in whisky 
Investing in whisky
Expert’s view

Making money: investing in whisky 

Rapidly-expanding whisky investment market has seen ‘dramatic gains’
19 Jan 2022
Virat Kohli and Joe Root: a tale of two cricket captains
Joe Root and Virat Kohli
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Virat Kohli and Joe Root: a tale of two cricket captains

One has stood down as his country’s Test skipper while the other wants to fight on
18 Jan 2022
‘Economic violence’: billionaires cash in during pandemic 
Covid-19 pandemic wealth inequality
In Focus

‘Economic violence’: billionaires cash in during pandemic 

As the super-rich get richer, 99% of the world’s population are worse off
17 Jan 2022
Sent packing: Djokovic and Benitez
Novak Djokovic (centre) arrives in Dubai after leaving Australia
Sports Shorts

Sent packing: Djokovic and Benitez

A look at the sporting weekend’s big winners and losers
17 Jan 2022
Djokovic visa saga: game, set, match to Australian immigration?
Novak Djokovic takes a break from training at Melbourne Park
The latest on . . .

Djokovic visa saga: game, set, match to Australian immigration?

Defending champion’s visa is re-cancelled by the country’s immigration minister
14 Jan 2022
Africa Cup of Nations: is there a more disrespected tournament?
The Africa Cup of Nations opening ceremony in Yaoundé, Cameroon
In Depth

Africa Cup of Nations: is there a more disrespected tournament?

Build-up to the continental showpiece was overshadowed by player call-up debate
12 Jan 2022
‘Bidding wars’: the fight for staff 
Commuters walk to work over London Bridge
Why we��re talking about . . .

‘Bidding wars’: the fight for staff 

Companies are raising the salary stakes in order to attract and retain talent 
12 Jan 2022
Lewis Hamilton’s future: could he retire from F1? 
Lewis Hamilton reacts after the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
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Lewis Hamilton’s future: could he retire from F1? 

It remains ‘unclear’ if the seven-time world champion will be on the grid in 2022
11 Jan 2022
How to use books for home decor and interior design
Books in a basket
Getting to grips with . . .

How to use books for home decor and interior design

Books are back – and they’re not just for ‘credibility bookcase’ backgrounds
11 Jan 2022
‘Life can be short – buy a Rolls-Royce’
The Rolls-Royce Ghost
Behind the scenes

‘Life can be short – buy a Rolls-Royce’

Despite the pandemic the luxury marque hit record sales in 2021
11 Jan 2022
Back on court: what next for Novak Djokovic in Australia?
Novak Djokovic with his team in Melbourne
The latest on . . .

Back on court: what next for Novak Djokovic in Australia?

World No.1 won his appeal but could still face more visa issues
10 Jan 2022
7.8m pints of low- and non-alcoholic beer to be sold in Dry January
Pint at the local pub
In Focus

7.8m pints of low- and non-alcoholic beer to be sold in Dry January

Pubs are missing out on the ‘NoLo’ boom and drinkers are urged to support their local
10 Jan 2022
From PlayStations to SUVs: Sony joins the electric car race
The Sony Vision-S 02 SUV prototype vehicle
In Focus

From PlayStations to SUVs: Sony joins the electric car race

Japanese tech giant unveiled the Vision-S 02 at CES 2022
7 Jan 2022
Djokovic’s next big battle: fighting deportation from Australia
Novak Djokovic is a nine-time Australian Open champion
The latest on . . .

Djokovic’s next big battle: fighting deportation from Australia

Serb’s visa is cancelled and his appeal has been adjourned until Monday
6 Jan 2022
Djokovic vs. Nadal vs. Federer: career records and grand slams
Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have all won 20 grand slam singles titles
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Djokovic vs. Nadal vs. Federer: career records and grand slams

Who is the ‘GOAT’ of men’s tennis? We look at the records of the ‘big three’
6 Jan 2022
CES 2022: five of the biggest technology trends
Metaverse experiences are on show at CES 2022
The latest on . . .

CES 2022: five of the biggest technology trends

Major talking points include electric vehicles, hybrid working and the metaverse
5 Jan 2022
‘Everyone loves the darts’: a world championship for the ages
Darts fans at Alexandra Palace 
In Focus

‘Everyone loves the darts’: a world championship for the ages

An epic final at Ally Pally saw Peter Wright win his second world title
5 Jan 2022
The 2022 luxury travel bucket list
Stargazing safari at Damaraland camp in Namibia
The big trip

The 2022 luxury travel bucket list

Featuring stargazing safaris, private jet flights and Egyptian adventures
4 Jan 2022
Five best footballers out of contract in 2022
Kylian Mbappé
View from the terraces

Five best footballers out of contract in 2022

Kylian Mbappé leads the list of players who could be on the move
4 Jan 2022
The world’s most valuable companies
The Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in New York
In Focus

The world’s most valuable companies

Apple briefly hit the milestone $3 trillion valuation on the first day of trading in 2022
4 Jan 2022
A guide to The Ashes
England captain Joe Root and Australia skipper Pat Cummins
In Focus

A guide to The Ashes

Everything you need to know about the Australia vs. England cricket series 
16 Dec 2021
Verstappen or Hamilton: F1 title permutations
Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton collided at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
In Focus

Verstappen or Hamilton: F1 title permutations

Rivals are level on points going into Sunday’s final race in Abu Dhabi
6 Dec 2021
Peng Shuai: WTA makes ‘unprecedented statement’ on China
Peng Shuai has won two grand slam women’s doubles titles
The latest on . . .

Peng Shuai: WTA makes ‘unprecedented statement’ on China

Decision to suspend tournaments is ‘brave’ – but it could prove costly
2 Dec 2021
Tiger targets The Open: ‘I would love to play at St Andrews’
Tiger Woods spoke to the media ahead of the Hero World Challenge
The latest on . . .

Tiger targets The Open: ‘I would love to play at St Andrews’

But he admits a return to golf full-time is not a ‘realistic expectation’
1 Dec 2021
Frank Williams: a ‘one of a kind’ F1 team principal
Frank Williams with his daughter Claire
Profile

Frank Williams: a ‘one of a kind’ F1 team principal

Williams Racing founder leaves behind an ‘incredible legacy’ in the sport
29 Nov 2021
‘Sad day for tennis’: is this the end of Federer’s glittering career?
Roger Federer waves to the crowd after losing in the Wimbledon quarter-final against Hubert Hurkacz
Today’s big question

‘Sad day for tennis’: is this the end of Federer’s glittering career?

40-year-old Swiss maestro will have a third operation on his right knee  
16 Aug 2021
Messi to leave Barcelona: how the football world reacted
Lionel Messi
View from the terraces

Messi to leave Barcelona: how the football world reacted

‘Financial and structural obstacles’ scupper Argentine’s new deal with cash-strapped Catalans
6 Aug 2021
Sky Brown: ‘I’m so stoked - I really hope I inspire some girls’
Sky Brown, 13, won bronze in the women’s skateboarding park event
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Sky Brown: ‘I’m so stoked - I really hope I inspire some girls’

A year after a horror fall the skateboarder, 13, becomes Britain’s youngest Olympic medallist
4 Aug 2021
Pool party: golden ‘new era’ for British swimming
Adam Peaty defended his Olympic 100m breaststroke title
In Focus

Pool party: golden ‘new era’ for British swimming

Team GB swimmers made a splash at the Tokyo Olympics 
1 Aug 2021
Bring on Paris: ‘so much more to come’ from Dujardin and Gio
In Tokyo Charlotte Dujardin won two bronze medals riding Gio
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Bring on Paris: ‘so much more to come’ from Dujardin and Gio

With two medals in Tokyo Dujardin is now Britain’s most decorated female Olympian
29 Jul 2021
‘Time is right’ for Netflix to get into gaming 
Netflix original Stranger Things has been made into a video game series
Behind the scenes

‘Time is right’ for Netflix to get into gaming 

Streaming service looks beyond TV and film after membership growth slows
21 Jul 2021
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