The innaugural Winter Teva Mountain Games opened on Friday in Vail, Colorado, with 45,000 people expected to attend the three-day competition. The games, presented by Eddie Bauer, are a new winter version of the 10-year-old Teva Mountain Games, typically held in June. Events will include ice climbing, snow biking, telemark skiing, Nordic freestyle, running, dog competitions, and an Ultimate Mountain Man/Woman challenge. The prize purse is set at $60,000.
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On Wednesday, a federal judge in San Diego threw out a lawsuit filed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that accused SeaWorld of keeping orcas as "slaves." PETA filed suit in October of last year, seeking constitutional protection for whales under the 13th amendment. Judge Jeffrey Miller was the first to ever hear arguments over animals' constitutional rights. In his ruling, Miller said that protection against slavery afforded by the 13th amendment did not apply to animals, as slav... Read More
You can now bet on Olympic athletes—for a good cause. Charitybets.com allows athletes to set performance goals and raise money for organizations close to their hearts. Athletes enter a goal on the site and designate a charity. Users visiting the site can bet a specific amount on the over (the athlete will meet the goal) and/or the under (the athlete won't meet the goal). The wager will then be donated to a charity of the athlete's choice based on his or her results. The USOC has said the... Read More
After receiving a doping ban from the CAS on Thursday, cyclist Jan Ullrich said today his decision to work with a rogue Spanish doctor showed poor judgment. "I confirm that I had contact with Fuentes. It was a big mistake, I regret it very much," he said in a press statement. "I would like to sincerely apologise for this behaviour - I'm very sorry." For those that might greet Ullrich's statement as a refreshing admission of guilt in a sport marred by denial, twitter wars, and boring court batt... Read More
A proposed development near Las Vegas's Red Rock Canyon National Recreation Area is on hold after the project's developer withdrew an application for a key waiver. Jim Rhodes had planned to ask county officials for permission to use state Route 159, a scenic route that runs through the canyon, for construction traffic headed to his planned development on Blue Diamond Hill. Climbers and Vegas locals have come out against the development, which would be visible from almost all of the main cliffs... Read More