The Week: Most Recent Sports:Extreme Sports recent posts.en-usSun, 20 Jan 2013 15:40:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent Sports:Extreme Sports from THE WEEKSun, 20 Jan 2013 15:40:00 -0500Dogsled racing across a frozen ocean<img src="" /></P><p><strong><span class="s1">HOW DO&nbsp;</span><span class="s1"></span></strong><span class="s1"><strong>YOU</strong>&nbsp;</span>see what the mushers see? You mush. Turn in an application to the&nbsp;Beringia, a dogsled race stretching 685 miles over Russia's easternmost tundra. In March, make your way to the village of&nbsp;Esso, in the remote&nbsp;Kamchatka&nbsp;Peninsula, nearly 5,000 miles from Moscow. Meet your competitors; check your dogs' harnesses one last time; lift the toothed snow anchor that was holding your sled in place; mush.</p><p class="p3"><span class="s1">If you're not a musher, you can still make it across those 685 miles of snow. You just have to figure out how. Here's my advice: Live in&nbsp;Kamchatka's&nbsp;capital...</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By Julia PhillipsSun, 20 Jan 2013 15:40:00 -0500The Athlete Machine: Watch video of Red Bull's bizarre Rube Goldberg stunt<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The video:</strong>&nbsp;Some of the world's top extreme athletes &mdash; including Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones, skater Ryan Sheckler, and cyclist Danny MacAskill &mdash; came together to complete a bizarre "obstacle course stunt machine" as part of Red Bull's latest publicity stunt. Dubbed "Kluge" and "The Athlete Machine," the Rube-Goldberg-like contraption required a chain of small interlocking athletic feats: A skater rides up a ramp, which triggers a mini-bike to roll along a track, which causes a golf ball to pop up on a tee, which is hit by golfer Rickie Fowler, which then rolls through a series of...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 13 Nov 2012 15:30:00 -0500Watch: The helmet-cam footage of Felix Baumgartner's space jump<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The video:</strong> On Sunday, the world watched in amazement as daredevil Felix Baumgartner plummeted 24 miles down to Earth, reaching supersonic speeds of 834 mph to crush the sound barrier. Now the folks from his Red Bull Stratos&nbsp;mission have released the 43-year-old thrill-seeker's helmet cam footage, offering Earth-bound mortals a terrifying glimpse of what it's like to freefall from the bleeding edge of space. During the first few seconds of the jump,&nbsp;Baumgartner&nbsp;struggles to gain control of his body as the lack of atmosphere sends him spinning dangerously out of control. (Watch the...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 16 Oct 2012 16:25:00 -0400Felix Baumgartner's jump from space: By the numbers<img src="" /></P><p>Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner stepped onto the edge of a specially rigged space capsule on Sunday, stared at the ground 24 miles below, and bravely leaped into the history books. The supersonic dive, broadcast live worldwide as part of the Red Bull Stratos mission, clinched multiple world records for the 43-year-old pilot. He became the first skydiver to break the sound barrier, completed the highest-altitude skydive in history, the longest freefall without a parachute, and the fastest speed ever achieved during a skydive. (Watch highlights below.) A brief look at Baumgartner's historic...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 15 Oct 2012 11:40:00 -0400Felix Baumgartner's 7 most death-defying stunts<img src="" /></P><p>Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner, 43, who ascended into lower orbit in a capsule attached to a helium balloon on Sunday, broke some big world records: He made the highest jump, from 24 miles above sea level, and notched the fastest descent speed, 833.9 miles per hour. He's also the first person to break the sound barrier in free fall. And the brave soul has been pulling these kinds of stunts for years. Here, a look at his boldest endeavors:</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 15 Oct 2012 07:55:00 -0400WATCH LIVE: Daredevil Felix Baumgartner jumps from the edge of space<img src="" /></P><p><em>Update: Baumgartner's jump has been aborted due to high winds.</em></p><p>Despite a few early setbacks due to the weather&nbsp;Tuesday morning, daredevil Felix Baumgartner is expected to hurl his fragile human body from the bleeding edge of space for the long-awaited Red Bull Stratos Mission&nbsp;today. The 43-year-old Australian will attempt the record-breaking, 23-mile supersonic dive after ascending through the atmosphere in a specially outfitted capsule. The jump is expected to begin around 1:15 p.m. ET. Once Baumgartner jumps, he'll go from zero to 690 mph in 25 seconds, and break the sound barrier...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 09 Oct 2012 12:45:00 -0400History's greatest daredevils: A slideshow<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">On October 8, Felix Baumgartner of Austria plans to use a helium balloon to ascend more than 22 miles above the earth's surface &mdash; technically into space &mdash; and jump down. The extreme skydiver hopes to break the record for the highest sky dive, and become the first man to exceed the speed of sound with his body. Baumgartner's stunt is just the latest in a colorful history of daredevilry. Here, a guide to the greatest daredevils ever:&nbsp;</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 26 Sep 2012 15:22:00 -0400The death-defying tightrope walk between two moving trucks<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The video:</strong> To showcase its new line of trucks' precision handling, Volvo had Texas daredevil Faith Dickey walk across a rope strung between two of the big rigs as they zoomed, at 80 miles per hour, down a stretch of unopened Croatian highway. Upping the nutso factor, Dickey had to span the distance before the trucks sped into separate tunnels. If Dickey failed to do so, she warned, the rope would snap: "It will pop, and I will fall." (Watch the video, below.) Dickey holds the world record for the longest (266 feet) and highest (4,000 feet) crossing on a highline, a more loosely strung version of...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 23 Aug 2012 12:50:00 -0400The limbless man who swam from the U.S. to Russia<img src="" /></P><p>Long-distance ocean swimmers have it rough. They brave rough seas, sharks, jellyfish, and other challenges to pull off their grueling feats. But few face bigger challenges than Philippe Croizon, who has just completed a swim from Alaska to Russia &mdash; even though he has no arms or legs. &nbsp;And this is just the latest in a series of stunning achievements for the French athlete. Here, a brief guide to Croizon's exploits, and the message he's hoping to send to the world:</p><p><strong>First off: How can a man with no limbs swim?</strong><br />He propels himself through the water using flippers attached to prosthetic legs...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 21 Aug 2012 14:10:00 -0400The hiker rescued after being stuck for two days at 10,000 feet<img src="" /></P><p>Safety in numbers in not just some lame old adage. Lawrence Bishop, 64, a retired hazardous-waste specialist from Santa Barbara, Calif., learned that the hard way. After climbing a peak in the Sierra Nevada National Forest near Fresno, Bishop found himself in a life-and-death situation after he took a tumble on his way back down the mountain. For 52 hours, the experienced climber clung to a dangerously smooth, sheer granite mountain face. (See Bishop's interview with ABC News below.) Rescuers managed to save the dehydrated, hungry, hallucinating husband and father before it was too late. Here,...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 06 Aug 2012 07:28:00 -0400The man who wants to freefall from space<img src="" /></P><p>Meet Felix Baumgartner, a 43-year-old Austrian daredevil who will attempt to set a world record with a 23-mile dive from the bleeding edge of space to Earth below. The supersonic freefall will see the expert skydiver, who first jumped out of a plane at age 16, push his body to extreme limits to become the first human to pierce the sound barrier without a plane.&nbsp;The historic jump is the centerpiece of the Red Bull Stratos event, seven years in the planning. Here's what you should know: &nbsp;</p><p><strong>What's the plan, exactly?</strong><br />In Roswell, N.M., Baumgartner will take off in special capsule attached to...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 26 Jul 2012 14:05:00 -0400The 'unbelievably insane' tightrope walker who crossed Niagara Falls<img src="" /></P><p>American Nik Wallenda is now the first person to walk across Niagara Falls on a high wire. (See a video of the bold stunt below). The hair-raising walk, viewed by more than 100,000 people on the scene late Friday night and millions more on TV, marked the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for the 33-year-old daredevil. How did he do it? Here, a guide to the extreme, history-making feat:</p><p><strong>Who is this guy?</strong><br />Wallenda is the 33-year-old scion of the family behind the storied Flying Wallenda high-wire act. He says he has dreamed of crossing Niagara Falls since he was 6, inspired by his great-grandfather...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 18 Jun 2012 14:55:00 -0400Lost in the great alone: A hiker's quest on the Pacific Crest Trail<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><strong><span class="s1">I AM</span>&nbsp;TECHNICALLY</strong> 15 days older than the Pacific Crest Trail, which runs from Mexico to Canada along the crest of nine mountain ranges. I was born in 1968, on Sept. 17, and the trail was designated by an act of Congress on Oct. 2 of that same year, though it wasn't officially dedicated until 1993 &mdash; almost two years before I woke that first morning among the Joshua trees in the Mojave Desert. The trail didn't feel two years old to me. It didn't even feel like it was about my age. It felt ancient. Knowing. Utterly and profoundly indifferent to me.</p><p class="p3"><span class="s1">I woke at dawn but couldn't bring myself...</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 08 Jun 2012 10:10:00 -0400An 80-year-old woman's 'skydiving trip from hell'<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The video:</strong> A year ago, a fearless Laverne Everett decided to celebrate her 80th birthday by going skydiving at the Parachute Center in Lodi, Calif. Her keepsake video, which Everett's sister only recently posted online, shows her bravely preparing for the jump, then losing her nerve when it comes time to step out of the plane. Everett clings to the door until her instructor, diving with her in tandem, tumbles out with Everett strapped to him with a harness. At least, that was the plan &mdash; before Everett immediately slips partially out of the harness, dangling helplessly as the instructor struggles...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 29 May 2012 14:45:00 -0400The man who skydived without a parachute<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The video:</strong> Gary Connery, 42, is a seasoned stuntman and action-star body double, but this week he was the main attraction, skydiving 2,400 feet from a helicopter... without a parachute. (Watch below.) The daredevil Briton landed &mdash; safely &mdash; in a 12-foot-high, 50-foot-wide pile of 18,600 cardboard boxes. He steered and slowed his ascent using a special $1,500 wing-suit, but still reached speeds of about 80 miles per hour during his 50-second-long dive. An exhilarated Connery said it was a soft landing, proving his "calculations obviously worked out &mdash; and I'm glad they did." His...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 25 May 2012 09:15:00 -0400The deadly odds of climbing Mount Everest: By the numbers<img src="" /></P><p>Four climbers died over the weekend as a rush of adventurers tried to reach the top of Mount Everest, creating what Nepali mountaineering official Gyanendra Shrestha described as a "traffic jam." With so many people crowding the world's highest peak, many have to spend more time at high altitudes than they should, forcing them to use up their oxygen, and increasing the chances that the notoriously perilous climb will prove deadly.&nbsp;And yet, this weekend, another crowd is expected to exploit a narrow window of good weather in the prime May climbing season as they scramble for the summit.&nbsp...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 22 May 2012 10:15:00 -0400