March 19, 2012

Lindsey Vonn     Photo: U.S. Ski Team/Doug Haney

Hirscher Takes Overall World Cup Title

Austria's first overall title since 2006

Skier Marcel Hirscher secured Austria's first overall World Cup since 2006 with a win on Saturday in the final giant slalom race of the 2012 World Cup season in Schladming, Austria. Hirscher, 23, had broken his foot in the offseason but recovered quickly to win nine World Cup races. "I was well behind a couple of times this season. I told myself that the race today was the same as a race in January to take the pressure off," he said. Lindsey Vonn also took the overall crown but was unable to break Hermann Maier's 2,000-point record after losing a poll in the final women's giant slalom.

Read more at the Washington Post

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Antarctic glacier     Photo: RAYANDBEE/Flickr

Norwegian Antarctic Sailor Seeks Help

Andhoy again in trouble

A Norwegian sailor who made an illegal voyage to Antarctica earlier this year has damaged his ship and needs help from Argentine authorities. Jarle Andhoy, 34, sailed to Antarctica last month to look for the remains of his ship Berserk, which sank last year in a previous voyage. Andhoy lacked permits required to sail to Antarctica and is now wanted in New Zealand. His crew includes a mechanic who mistakenly joined the voyage when Andhoy's new yacht, Nilaya, left Auckland while he was still on board. Andhoy, a self-proclaimed "Viking", reportedly plans to head straight to Norway after completing repairs on his broken mast—bypassing New Zealand, where he would likely face prosecution. The Berserk sunk in a storm in February 2011, killing three crew members. Andhoy, who was attempting to drive an ATV to the South Pole with 19-year-old crew member Samuel Massie, was not harmed.

Read more at 3 News

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Saguaro cactus in Saguaro National Park     Photo: Kevin Lynch/Flickr

Arizona Cacti to Get Microchip Implants

Officials hope tech will deter poachers

Officials at Saguaro National Park in Arizona are implanting cacti with microchips in an attempt to deter cactus poachers. Saguaro cacti, which are used widely in southwestern landscaping, are popular among thieves. Cactus rustlers can sell stolen plants to nurseries and landscape contractors. Inserting small transponder tags will make tracing stolen plants easier. The chips are easily inserted and should last 75 years or longer.

Read more at National Parks Traveler

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London Olympics logo     Photo: Ben Sutherland/Flickr

Saudi Arabia May Send Women to London

Country in talks with Olympic officials

Saudi Arabia is considering whether to allow a small team of women to compete in the Olympic Games in London this summer after a meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland last week. Saudi officials have since submitted a list of four athletes for IOC approval. Women in Saudi Arabia are not encouraged to participate in sports, and the nation is one of only three countries never to send a female athlete to the Olympics. In a statement, the IOC said it was "confident Saudi Arabia is working to include women athletes and officials at the Olympic Games in London."

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Red Bull     Photo: Arne Museler/Wikimedia

Red Bull Founder Yoovidhya Dies

Thai man developed energy drink formula

Chaleo Yoovidhya, the man who created the energy drink Red Bull, died on Saturday in Bangkok, Thailand. Yoovidhya developed the caffeine-rich Red Bull formula while working at a drug company he owned in the 1980s. He later sold the drink to truck drivers in southeast Asia under the Thai name Krathing Daeng, or Red Bull. In 1984, Austrian businessman Dietrich Mateschitz partnered with Yoovidhya and began marketing Red Bull in Europe. According to some estimates, Yoovidhya's fortune was worth as much as $5 billion. He was between 80 and 90 years old and rarely spoke to the media.

Read more at The New York Times

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