The 2013 FIS Alpine Ski World Cup has been full of surprises for U.S. Skiing, ranging from devastating injuries earlier this month to medal domination late last week. At the weekend's close, the U.S. team was the first non-European nation to come away with the most golds at Worlds.
On Friday, Ted Ligety zoomed down the slopes and into the halls of skiing legend after becoming the first man in 45 years to win three world titles. Ligety won the super-G and then took an unexpected gold in the su... Read More
This is a pretty realistic vision for the end of the world, right? A giant meteorite streaked across the Central Russian sky this morning and exploded over the Ural Mountains, injuring close to 1,000 people. (Quick astronomy lesson: If it burned up in the atmosphere, it’d be called a “meteor.” When the debris actually reaches Earth, it’s a “meteorite.”) Most importantly, no one died.
The meteorite exploded 50 miles west of Chelyabinsk (thankfully, since mor... Read More
A paraglider was airlifted to a Calgary hospital after he sustained potentially life-threatening injuries in Alberta's Rockies on Thursday.
The 38-year-old man was jumping near Mt. Lady Macdonald, northwest of Canmore, when he crashed into the hillside.
Police have not released the man's name, but a friend identified him as Andrew Wexler, a native of the area.
Mickael Roy said Wexler has several years’ experience paragliding under his belt, and had traveled to other countries, includ... Read More
Unusually warm weather has forced the cancellation of Friday’s Snowboard World Cup races at Russia’s Sochi Olympics venue. Organizers merely postponed the races at first but were forced to cancel them entirely as the snow continued to deteriorate. Racers had complained about the rough conditions on Thursday as well.
FIS snowboard race director Uwe Beier admitted that holding consecutive events on the same slope may have made matters worse. “There is always a balance of risk ... Read More
South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was charged with murder on Thursday after his girlfriend was fatally shot inside his home.
According to the New York Times, Pistorius told the police that he had accidentally shot model Reeva Steenkamp when he mistook her for an intruder.
A Pretoria police captain confirmed to News24 that the woman, Pistorius’ girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, was shot in both the head and arm and died at the scene. It is believed four shots were fired, and p... Read More