British adventurer Felicity Aston on Tuesday reached at the South Pole, 30 days after setting out from the Antarctic coast on skis. Aston plans to rest briefly at the South Pole Research station, then continue across the continent through January. She is hoping to become the first person ever to cross Antarctica alone and on skis. "The mental pressure of being out here alone has really taken me by quite by surprise," she said by satellite phone on Tuesday. "[W]hen that plane dropped me off on ... Read More
After getting hit and held down by a series of 10- to 12-foot waves at Maverick's, actor and novice surfer Gerard Butler was taken by ambulance to the Stanford Medical Center. The 300 star took to the water on December 20 with surfers Greg Long, Peter Mel, and Zach Wormhoudt to shoot a movie about the life of Jay Moriarity, who gained fame at the break at the age of 16 and later passed away freediving near the Maldives. "For Mel, Long and Wormhoudt it's all in a day's work," surfer Frank Q... Read More
Kevin Wallisch won the opening slopestyle skiing event on the 2011-2012 Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado on Sunday, returning to competition for the first time after breaking his shoulder early this year. Wallisch, 24, landed two switch double flips to defeat 17-year-old Nick Goepper by four points. France's Kevin Rolland, the defending Dew Tour ski superpipe champion, landed consecutive double flips to notch his first win of the season.
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The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency last week unanimously approved a controversial plan to expand the Homewood Mountain Resort on Lake Tahoe's western shore. JMA Ventures, which owns the 1,235 acre ski area, spent five years lobbying for approval to bulldoze the property and build new ski-in condos, residential lodges, a 75-room hotel, and 15,000 square feet of retail space. Opponents of the plan expressed concern that it would increase traffic, worsen air pollution, and send runoff into Lake T... Read More
Team Katusha will not re-sign top Russian cyclist Alexandre Kolobnev for the 2012 season, a team spokesman confirmed on Monday, because of unresolved eligibility questions following his positive drug test in July. Kolobnev, 30, tested positive for the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide at stage six of the Tour de France. Russia's cycling federation imposed a small fine on Kolobnev in October but chose not to ban the rider from competition, a decision the UCI is appealing. In early December, ... Read More