July 25, 2011

Sasha Digiulian competing in the bouldering finals at the Arco World Championships     Photo: Courtesy of Newspower

Digiulian Wins Gold at Climbing Champs

At 18, U.S. climber's win a surprise

American Sasha Digiulian won an overall gold medal at the climbing world championships in Arco, Italy, this weekend. Digiulian, 18, is one of the the U.S. team's youngest members and is currently ranked on 23rd in the world. She advanced to finals in both the bouldering and lead events, taking silver in bouldering. In the lead final, Digiulian and all but one of the other finalists, lead champion Angela Eiter, fell while attempting a vicious dynamic move set two-thirds of the way up the route. Unlike bouldering, the lead, or roped, event is scored according to the highest handhold the climber reaches. Overall scores are a combination of climbers' finishes in both events, plus a third event, speed climbing. The win was an impressive achievement for Digiulian, as no other American reached finals in any event. On the men's side, Adam Ondra won the overall title after taking third in lead and second in bouldering, his best finish since taking silver in bouldering during his first appearance at the world championships in 2009.

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Sewage warning sign     Photo: KeithH/Wikimedia

Sewage Spill Fouls NY Beaches

Fire at plant forces waste into Hudson

A fire at a New York sewage treatment facility dumped million gallons of untreated waste into the Husdon river last week, prompting continued warnings to stay out of the water at four New York beaches. The fire, which broke out at the North River Wastewater Treatment Plant on Wednesday morning, destroyed a critical pump and forced plant workers to divert sewage into the Hudson. In what was likely the hottest weekend of the year, it took more than 100 workers until Saturday afternoon to repair the pump and stop the spill, three-and-a-half days and millions of gallons of sewage later. City officials have not closed any beaches but are warning against swimming, kayaking or windsurfing in the Hudson, or at South Beach, Staten Island's Midland and Cedar Grove Beaches, or Brooklyn's Sea Gate. When fully functional, the North River plant treats roughly 120 million gallons of wastewater each day.

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Cadel Evans     Photo: Petit Brun/Flickr

Evans Wins Tour de France

Cavendish takes green jersey

Cadel Evans became the first Australian to win the Tour de France on Sunday as Mark Cavendish won the race's final stage in Paris and became the first British rider to win the race's green jersey, awarded to the top sprinter. Evans, who secured victory with a dominant, come-from-behind win in Saturday's time trial, finished 1 minute, 34 seconds ahead of Andy Schleck, who recorded his third second-place finish. Schleck's brother Frank rounded out the podium in third place. The final stage, a flat route from Créteil to Paris, was largely ceremonial for Evans, but it was the setting for Cavendish's fifth stage win this year and his 20th career Tour de France stage title. Schleck, however, could still pick up a Tour de France win: The Court of Arbitration of Sport is scheduled to hear Alberto Contador's doping case in August. Should Contador be stripped of his 2010 title, Schleck would move up from second place.

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Bear Attacks Teens In Alaska

Four NOLS students Injured

A grizzly bear attacked seven teenage boys as they crossed a river in Alaska's Talkeetna Mountains Saturday night, seriously injuring two and forcing an emergency rescue early Sunday morning. The group was one of several finishing a 30-day backpacking trip through the Alaska wilderness on a survival skills course with the National Outdoor Leadership School. The teens, who were traveling without an instructor, were crossing a riverwhen they encountered a grizzly bear at river's the far side. Four of the teens were injured, three of whom remain hospitalized at Providence Alaska medical center in Anchorage. Don Ford, the Alaska director for the National Outdoor Leadership School said the bear appeared to be guarding a cub. "They didn't actually see the cub, but they saw some rustling in the brush," he said. After the attack, the teens set up camp and activated an emergency beacon. A helicopter carrying an Alaska state trooper responded around 2:45 A.M. and removed four of the students. The two most seriously injured were forced to wait with the trooper until a medivac-equipped helicopter arrived some four hours later. NOLS has since canceled the remaining six days of the course and airlifted all students and instructors back to the school's Alaska headquarters in Palmer. Earlier this month, a grizzly bear attacked and killed a man hiking in Yellowstone National Park.

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Surfing in Mawi, Indonesia     Photo: Dave Hunt/Flickr

Surfer Missing in Indonesia

Long Island's Bobis last seen Sunday

Daniel Bobis, a math teacher and surf coach from Long Island, has gone missing off a remote beach on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Bobis, 32, a high school math teacher and surf coach at Long Beach High School, was surfing in the Indian Ocean with friend Brian Lonergan on Sunday morning when he disappeared. "Danny had just taken a wave before me. I couldn't see him, and a few minutes later, his board washed up on the shore," Longeran told the New York Post. Bobis, Longeran, and Bobis's wife Rachel had been traveling and surfing since June 30 on a planned six-week trip across Indonesia. Rachel Bobis has appealed to the United States consulate in Indonesia and the office of United States Senator Charles Schumer for help in the search effort. A dive team reportedly arrived at the beach, a six-hour drive from the nearest airport, late Sunday night.

Read more at LongIslandPress.com

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