The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan led to the deaths of over 15,000 men in the Red Army. Many of those missing were left behind after the war, but a commission to find the MIA soldiers found one had been living a semi-nomadic life in Herat for 33 years.
Bakhretdin Khakimov, a former Uzbek native, was injured during the early months of the invasion in 1979 and was rescued by local people. He assumed the name Sheikh Abdullah and decided not to return to Samarkand after the war. It remains uncle... Read More
A polish team reached the summit of Broad Peak on Tuesday afternoon, notching the first winter ascent of the main summit of the 26,401-foot peak, according to Explorer's Web. Four climbers—Maciej Berbeka, Adam Bielecki, Artur Małek, and Tomasz Kowalski—set off to climb the world's 12th highest mountain as part of a five-year Himalayan mountaineering project supported by the Polish government.
"Summit captured between 17.30 to 18.00 local time," said Artur Hajzer, the leader o... Read More
After skier Tina Maze won the women's overall World Cup title and set a new points record for the season, a little thing like a death threat wasn't about to bring her down.
Maze showed up to the super-G at Germisch-Partenkirchen with police protection and two bodyguards after receiving the emailed threat on Saturday afternoon. She finished fourth in the race.
"That's sad. If somebody is strong and showing good performances and perfect in the thing you are doing, there are people who want to... Read More
A participant in San Francisco's annual Escape From Alcatraz triathlon died mid-race from a presumed heart attack, race officials said Sunday. Ross Ehlinger, a 46-year-old attorney from Austin, was pulled out of San Francisco Bay shortly after entering the water for the famously tough triathlon's 1.5-mile swim leg. Water safety personnel attempted and failed to revive Ehlinger, who is the first person to die in the 33 years that the race has taken place.
Normally held in June, Escape F... Read More
Pro surfer Kelly Slater said he does not think surfing has a problem with performance-enhancing drugs, but does think surfing has a problem with recreational drug use. "There clearly is [a problem], absolutely," he told the Courier Mail. "There's no denying that, it's rampant, it's full-on."
The ASP instituted a drug-testing policy on tour last year, but Slater said tests were lacking. "They tested us at the first event and I never got tested again all year," he said. "Why talk about it and n... Read More