August 15, 2011
Wanaka, New Zealand

Wanaka     Photo: Sarah Stewart/Flickr

Clark Wins NZ Snowboard Halfpipe

American now first in new rankings

Two-time Olympic medalist Kelly Clark took first in the halfpipe competition at the Burton New Zealand Open this weekend, securing the top spot in a new system of rankings on the World Snowboard Tour. Clark's victory is her tenth consecutive tour win and makes her the top women's halfpipe rider in standings that now evaluate athletes in each of snowboarding's disciplines. Clark landed a Frontside 720, Cab 720, Backside 540 and Frontside Cork 900 in her winning run. American Hannah Teter finished second, and Castellet Queralt, of Spain, was third. Japan's Ryo Aono won the men's halfpipe with American Louie Vito second and Swiss rider Iouri Podladtchikov third. The New Zealand Open was the first Ticket To Ride World Snowboard Tour event of the 2011-2012 season. The tour is a season-long collection of independent freestyle snowboard events in which riders earn points toward overall rankings. This year's standings were updated to in a nod to snowboarding's increasing specialization. Categories now include slopestyle, halfpipe, and men's big air.

Read more at Transworld Snowboarding


    Photo: Kriston Lewis/Flickr

Officer Dies in Kayaking Accident

Son of NYPD veteran survives

A 21-year veteran of the New York City Police Department drowned in a kayaking accident on Friday that left his son floating in Long Island sound and has puzzled investigators. Boaters found 5-year-old Caden Luca bobing in the water and blowing a rescue whistle one mile from the shore. His father, Patrick Luca, 41, was found dead early Saturday morning near the mouth of the Nissequogue River. Officials have little informations about how Patrick Luca died or why the inflatible kayak he was paddling might have capsized, although a Coast Guard spokesman has speculated that a large wave from a passing boat could have flipped the kayak.

Read more at the New York Times


Levi Leipheimer

Levi Leipheimer     Photo: Richard Masoner/Flickr

Leipheimer Wins Tour of Utah

Utah grad defends his title

Team RadioShack’s Levi Leipheimer won his second-contecutive Tour of Utah on Sunday, maintaining a slim winning margin over Columbia's Sergio Henao. Leipheimer opened Sunday's final stage with 23 seconds on Henao, and kept that margin as he rode with the Columbian to an uphill finish at Snowbird Ski Resort. Leipheimer, between teams last summer, won the 2010 race unsupported. For the 2011 race he had RadioShack riders Tom Danielson and Janez Brajkovic taking turns at the front. It is the first time the Tour of Utah, which began in 2004 and has grown rapidly, has been included in the UCI’s America Tour. The six-day race involved five stages, a short time trial, and 30,000 feet of climbing. It is often called “America’s toughest stage race.” Henao’s squad, Gobernacion de Antioquia, won the team competition. Leipheimer, a University of Utah grad, crashed three times in a disappointing Tour de France performance last month.

Read more at Velo News


Great white shark

Great white shark     Photo: Paul Mannix/Flickr

Sharks Sightings Close MA Beaches

Night swimming banned

Recent shark sightings off Cape Cod have prompted officials in Chatham, Massachusetts to ban night swimming and keep swimmers away from beaches frequented by seals. Under the new moratorium, swimmers may not enter the water on east-facing beaches between sunset and sunrise. The ban also prohibits swimmers from venturing within 300 yards of seals, one of the sharks' most common sources of food. But tourists continue to flock to Chatam—only now they're looking for sharks and seals instead of swimming. There have been 35 great white shark sightings off Cape Cod so far this summer, an increase over past years that likely reflects a growing seal population.



Falmouth Road Race

Falmouth Road Race     Photo: Clara S./Flickr

American Wins Falmouth Road Race

Boulet 2nd U.S. champ in 17 years

Magdalena Lewy-Boulet became the first American woman since 2003 to win the Falmouth Road Race, taking a clear victory on Sunday in an event that has been dominated by runners from Kenya and Ethiopia since the mid-1990s. Lewy-Boulet, 38, was born in Poland but represented the United States at the 2008 Beijing Olympics after becoming an American citizen in 2001. In her first-ever attempt at the Cape Cod race, she beat Burundi's Diane Nurkuri-Johnson and four-time Falmouth winner Catherine Ndereba of Kenya by 18 seconds. Lucas Rotich won the men's race in 31:37, four seconds up on fellow Kenyan Micah Kogo. Defending champions Gebre Gebremariam and Wude Ayalew were forced to withdraw at the last minute after officials in Ethiopia barred them from competing before the world track and field championships begin next week in South Korea.

Read more at the Boston Herald