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Dispatches : Oct 2012

Stanley Celebrates 100 Years With a Nesting Mug and Bottle

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Package deals aren’t always winners, but this one is. To celebrate its 100th birthday, Stanley—celebrated manufacturer of insulated mugs and bottles used around the world—is giving you a present. It’s a stainless steel, vacuum-insulated travel mug that slides inside a leak-proof, BPA-free water bottle, meaning that you get a pair of drinking vessels for about the same price you’d typically pay for just the mug.

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Why There May Be No Official Winner of the Tour de France From 1999 to 2005

4281180447_11a57c0e3c_bLance Armstrong. Photo: PoweriPics/Flickr

"Twenty of the 21 podium finishers in the Tour de France from 1999 through 2005 have been directly tied to likely doping through admissions, sanctions, public investigations or exceeding the UCI hematocrit threshold. Of the 45 podium finishes during the time period between 1996 and 2010, 36 were by riders similarly tainted by doping." USADA Reasoned Decision Against Lance Armstrong

When news outlets, including Outside, published articles on the recent United States Anti-Doping Agency's report on Lance Armstrong, one of the most referenced lines was a stat: 20 out of the 21 podium finishers had been directly tied to "likely doping." The obvious question was, Who was the one person not tied to "likely doping"?

I emailed and called the USADA to get an answer, but haven't heard back. They are understandably busy. So, I did the next most obvious and slightly more time-consuming thing. I went back through news reports and the Tour de France standings to see who the 21st man might be.

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This Week's Missing Links, October 13

9.79* debuted on ESPN this week.

The best articles, photos, and videos that I didn't post this week—until now. If you only have time to click on one link, go to "Girl Shot by Taliban in Critical Condition After Surgery," in The New York Times.

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Why Lance Armstrong is no longer "the longest-running Rorschach test in sports." Outside

"It is certainly not a one-sided hatchet job, it is pretty damning," said cyclist Bradley Wiggins. Cycling Weekly

No comment from the U.S. attorney's office on why they dropped the Lance Armstrong case, Velo News

How Christian Vande Velde's passion for cycling led to corruption, The New York Times

A ride through fútbol's scariest underworld, Outside

"I woke up on September 24 to something that I had long expected: a major disaster on Manaslu..." Outside

Pointless records department: man runs marathon in suit in 2:35:53. Runner's World

Grigori Rasputin, thru-hiker, Adventure Journal

Doctor stops his race to revive runner, Runner's World

A tribute to the 34 people who died in avalanches in 2012, ESPN

Cyclist killed in Chicago after swerving to avoid a car door, Chicago Tribune

Ethiopians sweep the Chicago Marathon, The New York Times

Skier Lindsey Vonn wants to race the boys, The New York Times

That Malcolm Gladwell and Bill Simmons podcast that so many people are talking about, Grantland

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Watch Felix Baumgartner's 23-Mile Jump Live Here

UPDATE 2:30 EST: According to unofficial numbers from Red Bull Stratos, Felix Baumgartner broke the record for the highest manned balloon flight and the highest freefall on Sunday when he jumped from roughly 28,000 feet above the earth and fell for four minutes and 20 seconds before landing safely on the ground. Speeds shown during the live video feed of the jump showed Baumgartner traveling at more than 700mph, which would mean he also broke the record for the fastest speed achieved during a freefall. Red Bull Stratos said they will provide official updates at a news conference within an hour.

Red Bull Stratos athlete Felix Baumgartner is rising close to 120,000 feet above the earth in a 55-story balloon. Once he reaches this height, a distance of roughly 23 miles above the ground, he plans to jump. His goal is to break the world record speed and height for freefall. If everything goes according to plan, he will eclipse the speed of sound and rocket toward the earth at roughly 700mph. You can watch his jump live in the video above.

For more on why Baumgartner is attempting this record, check out "Everything You Need to Know Before Watching Felix Baumgartner Jump From 23 Miles Above the Earth."

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