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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…

Sochi Olympics: Ligety Goes Golden

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…

Sochi Olympics: Alpine Skiing Preview

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…

Open Roads: The X Games’ Influence on the Olympics

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…

Sochi Olympics: Russia Builds a Mountain

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.…

Firsts at the Sochi Olympics, Including New Skiing, Snowboarding Events

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…

9 Apps to Help You Train Like an Olympian

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…

Olympics 2010: Snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler – Interview, Video, More

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…

Olympics 2010: Skier Lindsey Vonn Wins Gold, Here’s Why

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…