Units from the U.S. Army, Air Force, National Park Service, and the Alamo West Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department activated on Monday to rescue a man and a woman who became lost in White Sands National Monument soon after becoming engaged. Russell Vandameer and Karen Renshaw were hiking with their dogs—Stitch, Suzy, and Griswald—in southern New Mexico when Vandameer asked Renshaw to marry him. Soon after, the couple realized that they were lost and called for help on a cell phone... Read More
A study published in the latest issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that elite swimmers who train in indoor chlorinated pools exhibit lung damage and airway inflammation similar to that of mild asthmatics. Researchers at the Lille 2 University of Health and Law in France compared lung tissue in 23 young elite Canadian swimmers to that of 10 mild asthmatics and 10 individuals without allergies. The athletes, who were in their early 20s, showed levels of immune cells co... Read More
A team of lawyers representing the World Anti-Doping Agency became so frustrated with the Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing on Alberto Contador's doping case that they nearly walked out in protest, according to a report filed today by The Associated Press. The lawyers were most upset that the trio of CAS judges deciding the case—Efraim Barak, Quentin Byrne-Sutton, and Ulrich Haas—did not allow testimony from Australian scientist Michael Ashendon. Ashendon was expected to expla... Read More
The organizers of the Vuelta a España on Wednesday released the race's 2012 route, revealing a several mountainous stages that could give an advantage to climbing specialists. The 2012 Vuelta starts in Pamplona, and will include 13 stages with high mountains, including 10 mountaintop finishes, en route to Madrid. This year is the second in a row that the peloton will travel through the Basque Country in northern Spain, following the race's return to the region last year.
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Canadian skier Sarah Burke being treated at Salt Lake City's University Hospital after sustaining serious head injuries in a superpipe fall in Park City, Utah, on Tuesday afternoon. According to witnesses, Burke, 29, landed a jump off balance, then "whiplashed" onto her side and hit her head. It is the same superpipe where snowboarder Kevin Pearce was critically injured in late 2009. Canadian Freestyle Team director Peter Judge confirmed that Burke was in a coma. Burke is a four-time X-Games c... Read More