Ashton Eaton broke the world record in decathlon at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials on Saturday, earning a spot at the 2012 London Olympics. Eaton, 24, beat several personal records to win the trials with a staggering 9,039 points. Defending Olympic champion Bryan Clay, 32, lost his chance to compete in London, finishing 12th after stumbling in the 110-meter hurdles and later struggling in the discus. Trey Hardee, 28, finished second with 8,383 points and will also advance to London.
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Officials at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Oregon, announced Sunday that runners who tied for third place in the women's 100-meter final can choose to break the tie by either a runoff or a coin toss. Judges initially ruled Jeneba Tarmoh third place in Saturday's race for the final spot on the women's 100-meter team but declared a dead-heat finish with Allyson Felix after reviewing photos. A runoff will be held if one or both athletes chooses that option. If both athletes r... Read More
Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort announced Thursday that it will close popular local ski area June Mountain for summer operations without plans to reopen. The news came as an unwelcome surprise to June Mountain patrons, who tout the resort's friendly atmosphere and lack of crowds. "I can say in all honesty that June has something you don't just don't see many places anymore: soul," said professional snowboarder Jeff Kramer. In a press release, CEO Rusty Gregory said that June has operated at a lost... Read More
A boat carrying 206 people seeking asylum in Australia capsized in rough seas south of Indonesia on Thursday. The boat's crew radioed a distress call to Australian rescuers late Tuesday but gave no location. Australian authorities advised them to return and notified Indonesian authorities, but a surveillance plane found the boat capsized halfway between Java and the Australian territory Christmas Island on Thursday afternoon. Forty men clung to the boat's hull while others drifted with flotsam... Read More
A National Park Service climbing ranger fell to his death on Mount Rainier Thursday as he helped rescue a party of climbers on the peak. Nick Hall, 34, was preparing four injured climbers for evacuation by helicopter when he slipped, tumbling 3,700 feet down the side of the mountain. Three of the four climbers were later extracted by helicopters from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, while the fourth spent the night on the mountain with two rangers.
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