April 26, 2012

Hog     Photo: FotoVeto

Girlfriend Mistaken for Hog, Shot

Hunter thought he'd spied his prey

A hunter accidentally shot his girlfriend on Saturday in eastern Florida after he mistook her for a wild hog. Steven Egan, 52, heard a rustling sound in the bushes and took a shot with his .30-caliber rifle. Instead of a hog, though, the bullet hit his girlfriend Lisa Simmons' upper legs. Emergency officials airlifted Simmons to a hospital where she underwent surgery. No charges were filed, and the local authorities are calling it an accident. "He was very sympathetic that he'd shot his girlfriend," said Major Steve Clair of the Flagler County Sheriff's Office. "I think it was just a violation of one of the cardinal rules of hunting, which is, you never shoot what you don't see."

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Triathletes     Photo: Suneil Basu/Flickr

Legally Blind Triathlete Sues Over Rule

Blackout glasses endanger runners

Legally blind triathlete Aaron Scheidies on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against three triathlon groups that require vision-impaired runners to wear blackout glasses that fully blind them. The suit names USA Triathlon, the International Triathlon Union, and 3-D Racing, who imposed the rule to "level the playing field" for totally blind triathletes competing in the same category as partially blind runners. Scheidies, who has 20 percent of his vision and has finished an Ironman, said the glasses are dangerous. "I hit my head on a pole, fell into a ditch and ran off the road several times all in a two-minute time span,'' he said. The ITU aims to revamp its rules for disabled athletes by 2013.

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Skicross course in Grindelwald

Skicross course in Grindelwald     Photo: Raimond Spekking/Wikimedia

Zoricic Family Says Crash Preventable

Skicross racer died in March

The family of Nik Zorocic has called for an investigation into the finish-line crash that killed the Canadian skicross racer in Switzerland in March. Officials from the Canadian ski federation had called Zoricic's death a "freak accident," after the skier hit a plastic fence after flying wide on the course's final jump. On Wednesday, Tim Danson, a lawyer for Zoricic's parents, said the finish-line structure was not safe. "It is unacceptable that an elite athlete like Nik Zoricic can make a perfect landing, barely miss the finish line by one meter and be killed for it," he said. The FIS says that an investigation by Swiss authorities is underway.

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Bicycle     Photo: www.guigo.eu/Flickr

Used-Bike Owners More Likely to Ride

New bikes are used less, study finds

A forthcoming study on bicycle-use habits suggests that people who buy used bikes are more likely to ride them. The study also found that bike owners who make $200,000 or more per year are more likely to buy used bikes (22 percent) than new ones (12.5 percent). Owners of used bikes are also more likely to bike to work, visit bike shops, and buy more bicycling accessories. The full results will be released next month by The Gluskin Townley Group, a marketing and research consulting firm.

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