October 29, 2012
Ted Ligety

Ted Ligety     Photo: U.S. Ski Team

Ligety Wins World Cup Season Opener

Blazes past competition in giant slalom

Despite being one of the most vocal critics of the International Ski Federation's new mandate of longer, straighter skis, American Ted Ligety handily won the World Cup season opener in men's giant slalom on Sunday. This season marks the first time racers will be required to use skis with the stipulated 40-meter turning radius in an effort improve safety. Skiers have opposed the rule, which takes the turning radius back to manufacturing blueprints of the 1980s. “It would be like going from a sports car to driving a semi truck,” Ligety told Outside in September 2011. “It’s just such a huge difference.” The 28-year-old Park City skier won the race by a massive 2.75-second margin, leaving the competition behind in the heavy snowfall. “I’m probably in the best shape that I’ve been in, but I was still more tired at the bottom of the hill than ever before,” Ligety said. “It’s testament to how much more strength you need on these skis.” The win marks the largest margin of victory in giant slalom in over 30 years.

Via New York Times

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HMS Bounty Sinks, 2 Missing

Replica tall ship caught in Hurricane Sandy

The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for two crew members of the HMS Bounty after the tall ship sank off the coast of North Carolina in Hurricane Sandy. The three-masted replica was headed to St. Petersburg, Florida, in an attempt to outrun the storm, when one of its generators failed and the ship started taking on water. In 18-foot seas, the crew was forced to abandon ship for covered life rafts. Coast Guard helicopters were able to airlift 14 of the crew, but two were washed overboard. The Bounty sank several hours after evacuation. The Coast Guard is attempting to use wind direction and speed to determine the location of the missing crew, both of whom were wearing cold water survival suits and lifejackets.

Via CBS News

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Angel's Landing in Zion National Park.     Photo: Chase Lindberg Photography

Climber Dies in Zion National Park

Gear failed below Angel's Landing

A 49-year-old climber died in Zion National Park on Friday after his gear failed in a fall. Lyle Dale Hurd III was leading Northeast Buttress (5.10+, 8 pitches) when he fell 40 feet, ripped out his last piece of protection, and impacted a ledge. A 20-person team from Zion Search and Rescue responded, but found him dead at the scene. Hurd's is the second fatal accident this year, following the death of a 74-year-old man in the Subway slot canyon in September.

Via KCSG

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Romanians Win World Carp Championship

In controversy, catch more than a ton of fish

Here’s how to win the World Carp Angling Championships: get yourself a good rod, host the tournament, and feed the local carp your secret bait recipe bait for five straight months before the competition begins. At least, that’s what Romania did. Five months prior to this year’s tournament at Lake Corbu, the Romanian team of elite rodmen fed the carp with a secret bait recipe daily. They won the team and individual competitions rather easily, bringing in 1.7 tons of fish. While pre-feeding is technically legal—some teams caught on and used similar recipes—other teams feel that the practice is against the the spirit of fair competition. England, among the pre-tournament favorites, finished in 17th and have lodged a formal complaint. “It is obvious that any team fishing with the particular type of bait would do well and the rest would really struggle to get a bite,” said England team manager Ian Huntington. “Within two hours of the match starting we were asking ourselves questions about the bait.” 

Via Deadspin

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