Chrissie Wellington. Photo: Triitalian/Flickr
Triathlete Chrissie Wellington announced on her blog yesterday that she is retiring from Ironman triathlons. Wellington won the Ironman World Championship in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011. The 35-year-old Brit, who had never been beaten in an iron distance event, is regarded as one of the sport's all-time greats. She set the record for the fastest womens Ironman time at the Challenge Roth in Germany in 2011. She said that her last victory at the World Championship in 2011 was her perfect race.
As I crossed the line I felt a weight lift off my shoulders. The searching for ‘sporting success’ had ended. I was content. I didn’t need faster times, more ironman victories, more accolades to be assured that I had been the best athlete I could possibly be. That’s not to say I don’t think its possible to go faster or maybe even win more titles. But if I am honest, I am not sure that such measures of success truly matter to me.
The hardest part of watching Jordan Manley's third episode of A Skier's Journey is knowing that it's the last in this year's series. That thought quickly fades away as the stunning footage of Iceland transports you out of the present and into dreams of skiing yet another foreign landscape.
State police in western New York have arrested a man and two women wanted in connection with multiple Christmas tree thefts. 911 dispatchers received a call at 2:30 a.m. Sunday from a seller reporting the theft of a tree from his shop in the town of Andover. Angiline M. Palmiter, 28, and Victoria R. Greene, 36, both from nearby Wellsville, were found by police as they were attempting to escape with the tree in their vehicle and the tree seller in pursuit. At one point, the women dislodged the tree from their vehicle and attempted to throw it at the tree seller. They were pulled over and taken into custody without further incident. A third person, 27-year-old Derek J. Hodgkins, was arrested later after police learned that he was wanted along with the other two women for a separate Christmas tree theft earlier in the night. They are charged with petty larceny and reckless endangerment.
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The IOC suspended India’s Olympic Committee earlier today after government interference with its election process, according to two anonymous officials. Despite warnings from the IOC, a New Delhi court declared that the Indian committee should follow the country’s sports code rather than the IOC code in Wednesday’s planned elections for various top spots in the committee. Suspension means that India won’t receive Olympic funding and officials will not be allowed to attend Olympic events and meetings. Athletes will not be allowed to compete for India, but the IOC, which also recently warned Brazilian officials about the slow pace of preparations for the 2016 Games, could allow them to participate under the Olympic flag. The official decision is expected to be announced later today at the end of today’s IOC executive meetings.