Despite clips from the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics Ear Pulling event and a youngster showing us some tasty waves, the Animal Kingdom stole the headlines this week. Here's the stuff you should click on.
U.S. Snowboarding has announced its team for the 2011 World Championships in La Molina, Spain, according to TransWorld Snowboarding. Leading the team of 21 athletes are three Olympians: Seth Wescott, Olympic gold medalist in 2006 and 2010 and World Champion in 2005; Lindsey Jacobellis, Olympic silver medalist in 2006 and two-time World Champion; and Nate Holland, six-time X Games gold medalist and bronze medalist at the 2007 World Championships.
The 2011 World Championships will run from January 15 through January 22. For more information and a calendar of events, check out the FIS Web site. The International Ski Federation (FIS) oversees Olympic and many non-Olympic ski sports and was founded in 1924 in Chamonix, France.
Billabong's all-girl Flaunt It Tour begins its fifth season on January 22 at Blue Mountain, Ontario, according to TransWorld Snowboarding. The tour, which is open only to females, is a series of slopestyle and rail jam events across the U.S. and Canada where contestants vie for cash prizes totalling $30,000.
At the tour finals on April 9 at Sierra-at-Tahoe, California, the girls will be riding for a $10,000 purse. Follow the action at the Billabong Web site.
Sixteen years ago, the man who helped raise Megan Michelson was shot to death at a remote kayaking lodge in Northern California. A nightmare episode that her mother has refused to discuss until now. In this podcast, Michelson interviews the killer to find out what really happened and why.
Hood to Coast, the 197-mile, 12,000 person, 36-leg, largest relay in the world, kicks off August 26, 2011 at Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood. Runners will tag team a 6,000-foot descent into Seaside, Oregon, where a well-deserved post-race beach party awaits.
Interested? It's too late to enter the lottery for 2011, but you can run vicariously through last year's participants in Hood to Coast, a feature documentary released January 11 in select theaters across the country.
The Hood to Coast premier included live interviews from the red-carpet screening in Portland, Oregon. HTC founder Bob Foote, director Christoph Baaden, Runner's World editor Bart Yasso and Olympians Mary Decker Slaney and Kenny Moore were among those present.
As expected, the film featured beautiful HD footage of western Oregon's towering fir trees and patchwork fields. Animated maps and graphics explained the relay process. Though the movie sometimes focused on team rivalry and the need for speed, its real power came from four powerful narratives that had little to do with miles per hour or placing.