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Olympians Worry About a Warming World

Taylor Rees is a part of Team Climate, a group of five masters students from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She and her peers have spent the last six months interviewing athletes on their experiences with climate change and its affects on the places where they train, live, and compete. They recently…

Ted Ligety’s middle name is “Sharp” and he was just that in his two giant slalom runs in Sochi on Wednesday. Favored headed into the penultimate men’s alpine event, Ligety justified that label in his very first run, establishing a huge one-second lead that was insurmountable on Sochi slopes that have proven slow through the…

Sochi Olympics: Surprises So Far

If Twitter were an Olympic event, a 20-year-old Canadian college student deserved Sochi’s first gold. Alex Broad, a journalism student at Centennial College in Toronto, is the voice behind the @sochiproblems Twitter account, a viral sensation borne from the many oddities and inconveniences that faced Olympic athletes and reporters upon their arrival in the Russian…

Vermont-based writer Christian Camerota will be writing about the Sochi Olympics throughout the Games. Follow his coverage. Between the beauty at the top of the mountain and the glory that lies at the bottom, that’s where ski racers are made. The pros make alpine skiing look easy. Tucks and turns and times, and that’s it. But…

Last week the pin dropped on Highway 82 in Aspen, Colorado, the mountain kingdom of fun. The X Games were back in town, celebrating their 20th anniversary, showcasing the world’s best snowboarders, skiers, and snowmobilers in the most progressive competition formats. Record crowds showed up to watch athletes from 20 different countries compete one last…

Vermont-based writer Christian Camerota will be writing about the Sochi Olympics throughout the Games. Follow his coverage. One of the chief characters in the Sochi Olympics drama that’s about to unfold is not like the others. It has a cold exterior, several different faces, an unforgiving nature. Oh yeah, and it’s only seven years old.…

Vermont-based writer Christian Camerota will be writing about the Sochi Olympics throughout the Games. Follow his coverage. The 2014 Winter Olympics will be a series of firsts. It will be the first time the Russian Federation, formed after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, has hosted an Olympics (the last Olympics held in any…

Maybe you don’t have a coach, physiologist, or biomechanist on call like the folks chasing down medals in London, but you can track your training in new, creative ways with these apps recommended by Australian champion swimmer Matt Welsh, who won three medals in the 2000 games. It’s like having a coach with an on-off…

We have been huge fans of snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler for a while now—so much so that we made her one of our Adventurers of the Year in 2008 for her decision to take a year to snowboard in the backcountry (watch a video of her in action). During yesterday's Olympic halfpipe competition, Bleiler nailed her…

This afternoon American skier Lindsey Vonn took home downhill gold in Vancouver, despite a shin injury that nearly kept her from competing. A few months back, writer Greg Melville examined the unlikely qualities that make Vonn perhaps the best American downhiller ever. Here's a look at what he discovered. Lindsey Vonn can’t remember her first…

American alpine skier Ted Ligety will compete this week, weather permitting, in Vancouver. See the schedule. See our Beyond the Olympics feature for training tips, ski trips, gear, and more. Text by Christian Camerota; Photo courtesy of Shred Optics  The lives of an entrepreneur and a ski racer seem diametrically opposed. That is, until you meet Ted…

Today the Olympics begin in Vancouver, but in one contest Canada already has the U.S. beat. As an outdoors outpost, British Columbia outscores the American West across the board. The Pacific-hugging province is as big as California, Oregon, and Washington combined. But with only four million residents (Cali alone has 36 million), BC’s rugged mountain…

Contrary to popular belief, Whistler Blackcomb will stay open—and skiable—when the Olympics hit this February. Only 10 percent of the mountain will close to the public, leaving, oh, 7,500 acres for non-elite athletes. “Most of the major chain hotels are already near capacity,” says Breton Murphy of Tourism Whistler. “Look for condos and town houses,…

The winter Olympics are close to home this year, and its not too late to plan a trip to Vancouver to witness the festivities. And if you enter Tourism Vancouver's 2010 Winter Games Sweepstakes, you'll have a shot at the "Gold" prize package, an all-inclusive three-night stay at a swanky Vancouver hotel, plus tickets to…

Thanks anyway, President Obama, for stopping through Copenhagen in an appeal to get the Olympics to your adopted home town. Today it was announced that Rio de Janeiro will welcome the 2016 Summer Games, making it the first South American city ever to host the Olympics. For the next six years Rio will be samba-ing…

Text by Catharine Livingston; Photograph courtesy of Oakley Yesterday we had the good fortune to catch up with one of last year's Adventurers of the Year. Halfpipe queen Gretchen Bleiler dropped by our offices to show off her latest Oakley line of ski and snowboard apparel, which hits stores this fall. The 28-year-old Olympic Silver medalist…

A roundup of the latest adventure news, by Mindy Zacharjasz Polar road trip, check! Two young Brits docked in Sydney after a 26,000 miles sled, sail, and cycle from the geomagnetic North Pole to the magnetic South Pole. The 395-day journey was chock full of drama–a fall through the ice, king-sized storms, and a capsized…

Text by Kelly Ruane With the Olympics starting up today (watch the opening ceremonies tonight at 7:30 p.m. EST on NBC), no doubt most of us are eagerly awaiting the primetime crowd pleasers—gymnastics, swimming, running, beach volleyball. But this year, it’s possible to follow any number of more obscure sports, as well, on NBCOlympics.com. The…

Text by Kelly Ruane As the Olympic torch draws closer to Beijing, where the beacon will signal the beginning of the ancient games on August 8, athletes from around the world are arriving in China for their final days of preparation. And if this year’s Olympic trials were any indicator, we will see some amazing…