By John Kekis, The Associated Press - Tue, Mar 26, 2013 11:50 am
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — U.S. bobsled star Steven Holcomb finally has something to smile about — a brand-new, four-man sled with lots of carbon fiber, state-of-the-art suspension, and updated steering, all compliments of former NASCAR star Geoff Bodine, ace designer Bob Cuneo, and North Carolina-based race car builder Jim Garde. Just like its predecessor, Night Train-2 is black — and it’s fast. “So... Read more.
By Paul Foy, The Associated Press - Mon, Mar 25, 2013 4:36 pm
SALT LAKE CITY — A 22-year-old Utah man was killed trying to swing through the opening of a 110-foot-tall sandstone arch in a stunt made so popular on YouTube that state authorities recently banned the daredevil activity by commercial outfitters. Kyle Lee Stocking, of West Jordan, left too much slack in the rope he was using, and it sent him crashing into the sandstone base of Corona Arch near... Read more.
By The Associated Press - Mon, Mar 25, 2013 4:34 pm
SALT LAKE CITY — A backcountry skier was lucky to survive an avalanche that dragged him down Mount Superior — the steep mountain facing Snowbird Resort near Salt Lake City. The Utah Avalanche Center says the man set off an 18-inch deep avalanche on Monday from the top of the 11,000-foot mountain. He went for a ride 1,700 vertical feet down the mountain, over two rock bands. The skier sustained... Read more.
By The Associated Press - Mon, Mar 25, 2013 4:31 pm
SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Herbert has signed a bill creating a state office dedicated to outdoor recreation, the governor’s office announced Friday. The proposal is part of Herbert’s broad vision for outdoor recreation in the state, which he unveiled in January. The duties of the Outdoor Recreation Office would include setting the state’s outdoors policy and improving recreation activities. The... Read more.
By Rachel D'Oro, The Associated Press - Mon, Mar 25, 2013 3:50 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Changes are planned for Alaska’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race following the asphyxiation death of a dog that was buried in snow by extreme winds, organizers of the 1,000-mile race said Wednesday. Race officials said they also plan to meet with the owners of 5-year-old Dorado. The dog was found dead at a checkpoint Friday, four days after he was removed from the race because he... Read more.
By Jill Lawless, The Associated Press - Thu, Mar 21, 2013 5:28 pm
LONDON — George Lowe, the last surviving climber from the team that made the first successful ascent of Mount Everest, has died, his wife said Thursday. He was 89. Mary Lowe said her husband died Wednesday at a nursing home in Ripley, central England, after an illness. Lowe and his friend Edmund Hillary were the only two New Zealanders on the 1953 British-led attempt to climb the world’s highest... Read more.
By Jeff DeMoss, Standard-Examiner staff - Mon, Mar 18, 2013 1:28 pm
OGDEN — The recognition keeps pouring in for the Ogden area as an outdoor lover’s paradise, as another major publication has listed the city as one of the premier up-and-coming ski towns in the country. The most recent issue of National Geographic Adventure names Ogden as one of its top 10 emerging ski towns in North America, placing it alongside the likes of Reno, Nev., Driggs, Idaho, and... Read more.
By Christopher Torchia, The Associated Press - Thu, Mar 14, 2013 7:31 pm
JOHANNESBURG — Toiling with shovels, wheelbarrows and bare hands, about 300 workers removed 6,000 tons of stones and other debris from a vast stretch of desert in a desolate corner of South Africa over the past two years. If all goes well, it will become the place where a British-led team tries to breaks the world land-speed record. “It will be a brisk ride,” said Andy Green, the man who plans to... Read more.
By Mark Thiessen and Rachel D'Oro, The Associated Press - Wed, Mar 13, 2013 5:01 pm
NOME, Alaska — A 53-year-old former champion won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to become the oldest winner of Alaska’s grueling test of endurance. Mitch Seavey and 10 dogs crossed the Nome finish line to cheering crowds at 10:39 p.m. Alaska time Tuesday. “This is for all of the gentlemen of a certain age,” he said on a live stream posted to the Iditarod website after completing the race in... Read more.
By Eric Willemsen, The Associated Press - Fri, Mar 8, 2013 2:37 pm
KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia — Ted Ligety remains eager for success despite owning three world championship gold medals. The American is poised to win his fourth World Cup giant slalom title and finish a career-best third in the overall standings. Ligety will win the GS crystal globe on Saturday if he finishes ahead of his sole rival, Austria’s Marcel Hirscher. Ligety won the season-opener in October... Read more.