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A Look At Some Of the Weirdest Races in History 1

Posted on February 15, 2016 by Scott Huntington

Racing is a pastime shared around the world, although the form it takes may differ depending on where you are. From NASCAR to rally cars, from cross-country to the 100 meter dash, we’ve found a huge variety of ways to race. Of course, some races are stranger than others.

Robot Camel Racing

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Camel racing in the Arabian Peninsula is akin to horse racing in Europe. It’s a tradition that goes back hundreds of years, and it’s fiercely competitive. The United Arab Emirates in particular has a strong camel racing community, but in recent years the tradition has undergone a transformation. In the 80s and 90s, it was common to train children as jockeys due to their lighter weight. However, camel racing is a dangerous sport, and injuries were common. That’s where the robots come in. Read the rest of this entry →

Reaching New Heights: Pointers for Planning Your Rock Climbing Trip 8

Posted on February 05, 2016 by Katherine Taylor

Rock-climbingRock climbing is not for the faint of heart. While this is one activity that requires you to be in excellent physical and mental shape, the rewards you will get from it are immense. Not only will you feel a huge sense of accomplishment after finishing your first climb, but you will also get to see the natural world from an entirely new angle. For those planning their first trip, knowing where to begin can be a daunting task. Below is a step-by-step guide for getting started.

1. Know Where to Go

Perhaps the hardest decision you will have to make is choosing where you want to climb. Choose a route that is manageable for your skill level. Rockclimbing.com has a list of over 9,000 climbing routes in Canada alone and if you’re heading to the United States then you have even more options. Choosing where to go is about more than choosing where you would like to climb.

The local climate is going to play a big factor in this decision. In the southwestern states, for example, summer temperatures are so high that they can make climbing dangerous. Climbing in the rain, of course, is no fun either, so choose a time that is likeliest to be cool and dry. Read the rest of this entry →

The Development of Extreme Sports 4

Posted on October 24, 2015 by Wolf Popovic

xgamesExtreme sports have always been there. From the ancient gladiator fights in the famous Colosseum, through marathons and rock climbing, finally evolving into forms people recognize and participate in today. The adrenaline in our head and that feeling of accomplishment when you make it happen are pretty awesome for many. Degrees of risks and type of challenges we take are obviously different. Some of us would not break a sweat surfing in the sky or kayaking in whitewater rapids. Others, who prefer slightly less extreme way to go, would choose mountain biking or surfing. Nowadays, people even go for small doses of adrenaline by playing mobile games with real money. The rush is even greater with a mobile casino bonus. Variety is there, no doubt about it.

How it all started
If we stick with recent history and not go way too back, marathon runners and rock climbers were considered as modern gladiators in 1970s. Making it to the end of a 42.195 km long race was quite a challenge. Defeating endlessly high mountains was not for everyone back then. But, as more people started accomplishing both challenges, the meaning extreme evolved. Marathons were transformed to triathlons and multi-day cycling events appeared. Extreme skiing and snowboarding also started to enjoy a steady rise in popularity. People became more creative and wanted to challenge themselves even more. Sky, water or on the ground – limits seized to exist.     Read the rest of this entry →

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    • George Musso: From Longshot to Hall of Famer
      August 5, 2017 | 4:52 pm
      George Musso

      George Musso

      The Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month went from small college long shot to Pro Football Hall of Famer.

      When George Musso finished his college career at Millikin College in 1933, Chicago Bears coach George Halas offered the 6-foot-2, 265 pound lineman a tryout and eventually a $90 per game contract, but had serious doubts whether he could make the transition from small college football to the NFL.

      It took a year for Musso to adjust, but by 1935 he was an All-Pro tackle. Two years later, he moved to guard and again earned first team All-NFL honors. He became the first player in NFL history to earn first team All-League honors at two different positions.

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