Erin Berger

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The Olympics’ First Tropical Luger

The first tropical luger of the Winter Olympics was George Tucker, a 37-year-old doctoral student in physics, bumping down an icy track in the Sarajevo Games of 1984. Tucker was an underdog in nearly...

The Slacklining Wunderkind

This 16-year-old champ talks about what it's like to put your life on the line

The 20 Best Active Dog Breeds

There's no shortage of dogs who will actively join you in every adventure, but these 20 prove especially up to the task, with exceptional athleticism, multiple talents, and unfussy maintenance.

Kayaker Henry Hyde’s Olympic Dreams

When Henry Hyde was three years old, he convinced his father to buy him a Jackson Fun 1 boat and cut a paddle in half so that the little kayaker could take to the water. The investment paid off: Now,...

Photographer: Tim Evanson/Flickr

Ancient Fish Had Better Abs Than You

Paleontologists couldn’t help but admire the abdominal muscles found in a remarkably well-preserved 380-million-year-old fossilized fish. The fearsome placoderm possessing the abs in...

Photographer: Sergey Dubrov/Shutterstock

Ship Cook Survives Underwater For 2 Days

A Nigerian cook sat in darkness, breathing through a four-foot-high air pocket, for almost 60 hours after his tugboat capsized off Nigeria’s coast. Divers were shocked to find him alive in...

Photographer: August G via Flickr

Smokejumper Dies in California Blaze

A falling tree struck and killed a smokejumper while he was fighting a wildfire in Northern California, prompting a review of the incident to prevent similar tragedies in the future.

Photographer: Tour de Cure via Flickr

Swimmer to Attempt Cuba to Florida

The 103-mile journey to cross the Straits of Florida features swift currents, sharks, and the extremely venomous box jellyfish. But 29-year-old Australian swimmer Chloe McCardel will battle it out...

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Scout Leader Dies During Hike

A 69-year old scout leader died during a hike on Saturday in Arizona's Lake Mead area. His companions, four scouts and another man, all suffered from heat related illnesses and were later...

Photographer: emre.kocali.18 via Flickr

Usain Bolt Loses to Justin Gatlin

Ironically, it was an uncharacteristic fast start that slowed down the seemingly unbeatable Usain Bolt in yesterday’s Rome Diamond League 100 meters. His 9.95 second time brought him to a...

Photographer: Stupid Dingo via Flickr

Kayaker Drowns on North Fork of the Payette

A North Carolina man drowned Wednesday evening while kayaking with friends on the North Fork of the Payette River. 22-year-old Eric Weigel had been wearing full safety gear, including a full-face...

Paul Theroux's Last African Journey

In the just-released The Last Train to Zona Verde, Theroux recounts with characteristically vivid prose one last, ambitious trip from South Africa through Angola. We spoke to Theroux about his...

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