February 5, 2013
Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn     Photo: U.S. Ski Team/Flickr

Lindsey Vonn Injured in Crash (Update)

Will miss rest of season

Lindsey Vonn will miss the rest of the World Cup season with multiple knee injuries after crashing out during a race in Schladming, Austria. The four-time world champion was 0.12 seconds behind eventual winner Tina Maze when she lost her balance and buckled after landing a jump. After being treated for 12 minutes on the mountain, she was airlifted out by helicopter. While the U.S. team has not released a statement on Vonn's condition, the president of Austria's ski federation said that she tore her cruciate and lateral ligaments.

Vonn returned to the World Cup series last month after spending much of the season recuperating from a severe intestinal illness that caused her to be hospitalized briefly in November.

For more on Vonn's career, read Peter Vigneron's profile from our February issue.

UPDATE: It has been confirmed that Vonn tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL) in her right knee. She also suffered a tibial fracture. She will likely miss the rest of the season but hopes to return for the 2013-14 World Cup in October.


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Students Lose Fingers in Tug of War

Rope snapped, severed multiple fingers

Truly, the age of innocence has passed. Two students at South El Monte High School in California were participating in a seemingly harmless game of tug of war with about 40 of their peers when the rope snapped and severed multiple fingers from both students' right hand. Edith Rodriguez and Pablo Ocegueda, both seniors, were taken to a nearby hospital where doctors attempted to reattach the fingers. There has been no update on their condition.

Other incidents of tug of war severings include a game in Minnesota in 2008 where a girl lost four fingers to a rope wrapped around her hand, and a 1,600-person tug of war in Taiwan in 1997 that severed the arms of two men.

The International Tug of War Federation, which has not released a statement, has a rigid set of rules and safety regulations which can be viewed here.


Attempts to train tigers ignore their wild instincts and can lead to deaths.     Photo: Nekenasoa/Flickr

Tiger Kills Circus Trainer in Mexico

Audience watches in horror

A Bengal tiger savaged his trainer during a performance in Northern Mexico on Saturday. Thirty-five-year-old American Alexander Crispin was circling two tigers when one of the animals lunged toward him and pulled him to the ground. The tiger bit Crispin's neck and he died while receiving medical treatment in a hospital.

Video footage of the attack was posted on YouTube and showed spectators fleeing the circus while two workers beat the tiger in an effort to free Crispin. It is unknown whether or not the tiger was killed during the struggle to save the trainer.

The stresses of life in captivity have led to other tiger attacks, the most famous being that of Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy in 2003. Roy was in critical condition for weeks, but eventually recovered.

Via The Daily Mail


Ocean surges pound San Francisco.     Photo: Yanna.B/Flickr

SF Plans Retreat From the Ocean

Bay area threatened by sea rise

San Francisco is planning for sea rise on a grand scale with ideas for a managed retreat from coastal areas that are prone to storm surge.

In the Ocean Beach Master Plan, environmental groups along with city council members are acknowledging failed attempts by the city to protect its Pacific Coast. The city originally built the Great Highway along Ocean Beach by flattening sand dunes and pushing the shoreline out about 200 feet. But as with many attempts to govern the greatest force on the planet, the city was forced to pump money into the area constantly to prevent the ocean from retaking it's forming territory.

Currently, the southbound lanes of the Great Highway are closed due to erosion and traffic has been diverted onto the median. This isn't temporary, though; traffic has been taking this detour since huge storms in 2010.

The plan to move the highway to the other side of the coastal community could cost as much as $350 million, but officials believe that this will be less expensive than continuing to battle erosion. San Francisco will be closely watched by other coastal cities in the U.S., such as New York, as they too prepare for sea rise.