January 29, 2013

The transition from hurdler to bobsled may seem weird, but this is Lolo Jones.     Photo: The US Army/Flickr

Lolo Jones Wins Bobsled Gold

First medal in her new sport

Olympian Lolo Jones won a gold medal this weekend for the United States, but it wasn't on the track. Jones won in the combined bobsled-skeleton team event at the world championships in Switzerland on Sunday. This is her first gold in her new sport.

Jones served as brakewoman for Elana Meyers in the women's bobsled portion of the event. The competition combined the times of the two-man bobsled and men's and women's skeleton. The team edged Germany by 0.24 seconds. Noelle Pikus-Pace led the U.S. to victory in the women's skeleton with a 1.7-second gap over her closest competitor.

Jones adds this medal to her golds from the World Indoor Championships 60-meter hurdles in 2008 and 2010.

Read more about Lolo Jones' difficult career as a hurdler.


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Antarctica Plane Crash Located, No Survivors

Weather had hampered search

A search and rescue team has located the downed plane that disappeared over Antarctica last week and has determined that the three people on board could not have survived the crash.

Pilot Bob Heath and passengers Mike Denton and Perry Andersen were all killed outright.

Gadling described the circumstances surrounding the aircraft's disappearance:

The plane was making a routine supply run from the South Pole to an Italian base located near Terra Nova Bay last Thursday when it went down, immediately activating its emergency locator beacon. Winds in excess of 100mph and heavy snow prevented any kind of rescue operation from being mounted at the time, so SAR teams and anxious family members could only watch and wait. Once the weather improved, however, the plane was spotted on a steep mountain face near the summit of Mt. Elizabeth, a 14,698-foot peak located in the Queen Alexandra Range. It appears that it flew directly into the mountain with none of the crew surviving the impact.

The Twin Otter plane was owned by Calgary's Kenn Borek Air, and the pilot, Heath, had been flying in Antarctica for at least a decade.


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Garrett McNamara Surfs 100-Foot Wave

Could claim second world record

What is there left to do after you break a world record, except break it again? Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara, who in 2011 rode a 78-foot swell to claim the record for largest wave surfed, may have broken the record a second time. McNamara traveled to the coast near Nazare, Portugal, where he caught a wave reported to be around 100 feet.

The claim, however, has yet to be verified. Measuring a wave’s precise height is quite difficult and the only evidence is strictly visual. McNamara’s record-breaking 2011 wave, also in Nazare, became a source of controversy when it was originally estimated to be about 90 feet. It was brought down to 78 feet upon closer inspection, just one foot higher than that surfed by the previous record holder, Mike Parson.

Take a look at McNamara’s first record-breaking ride from 2011:


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Hiker Dies in Fall in White Mountains

Climbing NH's King's Ravine

A Texas man fell to his death on Saturday while hiking New Hampshire's King's Ravine, according to officials from the state's Fish and Game Department.

Richard Gabriele, 64, was hiking with six companions near Mount Adams when he slipped on a patch of snow and slid 1,500 feet down the mountainside, dying at the scene.

Warm conditions earlier this month followed by bitter cold have created a hard and slick snowpack, which authorities say contributed to the accident.

"It's bulletproof out there," Rick Wilcox, owner of International Mountain Equipment, told the Conway Daily Sun. Snow routes up high have "the no fall shine."

Authorities say the seven hikers, who came from Maine and Texas, were all experienced and properly equipped.

Via WMUR News 9


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Hunter Claims Bullet Ricochet Killed Driver

Bounced off boar

A hunter in northern France is claiming that a bullet he fired at a boar bounced off its hide and killed a man over a mile away. The 68-year-old hunter, described as "experienced and level-headed" in a police report, managed to hit a motorist in the head. The driver died of his wounds.

“It’s unheard of,” said Guy Harlé d’Ophove, president of the local hunters’ federation. “The bullet rebounded at almost a right angle. In terms of probability, it’s very unlikely.” 

Police are investigating the incident, and the hunter has been brought in for questioning.

Via The Local