Archive for July, 2012

U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships moving to Vail beginning this February

Kelly Clark in Vail for the announcement (Photo: RealVail)

Book that ticket for Colorado: The Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships will move from Vermont to Vail beginning in 2013.

The event, now 30 years old, will be held Feb. 25-March 2 on Vail’s Golden Peak, where a special half-pipe will be built for the competition. In recent years the event has been held at Stratton Mountain in Vermont.

Check out what Burton founder Jake Burton had to say about the move in the Denver Business Journal.

Kelly Clark, an East Coast native and a long-time competitor in the event at Stratton Mountain, talks about why the move will be a boon to the championships with RealVail.com.

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Tony Hawk discusses skateboarding legacy and video games that made extreme sports popular

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD revisits some of his classic games.

There are skateboarding legends and then there is Tony Hawk.

Even though Hawk no longer competes in the X-Games, he still skates daily and keeps cranking out cool video games, including Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD (PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360), a high-definition remake of some of his classic games (Read USA Today’s review).

Bottom line: “The Birdman” remains a leader and an icon in his sport, so it’s always interesting to hear what he has to say. Check out this Q&A, which also includes video, of Hawk and John Gaudisio of GamerLive.TV discussing the superstar’s video games (there are now 12!) and how video games have fueled interest in extreme sports.

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Summer Olympics: Phelps golden one last time, while Missy Franklin and friends set world record

Did you expect anything less from Michael Phelps? The most decorated Olympian ever added one more gold, his 18th out of 22 career medals, in the 4X100 Medley relay on Saturday night.

Speaking of golden performances in swimming relays, the U.S. Women set a world record in winning gold. Take a bow: Missy Franklin, Rebecca Soni , Dana Vollmer and Allison Schmitt. In other Olympics news:

AUG. 3: The U.S. swimming team continues to make BIG news in the pool. How big? Consider these efforts on Friday:

  • Michael Phelps extended his already amazing record medals haul by winning his 17th career gold medal (now 21 medals in all), and third of these games, by winning the 100-meter butterfly in what he has said will be his final competition. But he does still have one relay left, which Team USA is expected to win.
  • Meanwhile Missy Franklin, the young American superstar from Denver, won gold and set a world record in the 200-meter backstroke to position herself as the next big thing in swimming. She also has a relay left.

In other news: The U.S. Women’s Soccer team beat New Zealand 2-0 to reach the semifinals. Men’s Beach Volleyball, was not so lucky. The defending champs lost to Italy in the round of 16. The finals are set in tennis: Serena Williams will play Maria Sharapova while Roger Federer will face Britain’s Andy Murray. Federer reached the final after an epic, 19-17 third set win over Juan Martin Del Potro. Murray reached the final with a straight-sets win over Novak Djokovich.

For ALL results from the Olympics, visit here.

AUG. 2: It was a good day to root for Americans at the London Summer Olympics, but perhaps not as great a day for much-hyped swimmer Ryan Lochte. Here’s a sampling of U.S. heroics:

AUG. 1: It has been a BIG two days for American Allison Schmitt, who struck gold twice. Schmitt started late Tuesday with an Olympic Record and win in the 200-meter freestyle, then capped Wednesday by winning the 4X200 freestyle relay with Missy Franklin, Dana Vollmer and Shannon Vreeland.

The Franklin juggernaut took a temporary break earlier when the talented 17-year-old only managed fourth place in the 200-meter freestyle. That being said, it isn’t Missy’s best event and Schmitt earned gold. See what happened.

Now the British REALLY have something to cheer about. Bradley Wiggins overpowered the field in the Olympics time trial to claim gold, while fellow Brit Chris Froome earned the bronze. See how they did it. Sadly, American Taylor Phinney collected his second fourth-place finish of the Olympics.

Meanwhile, American cycling fans got to cheer for women’s time trial winner Kristen Armstrong, who topped the field.

Cheating in Olympics badminton? It’s true. And the cheaters have been expelled, 8 players in all, including a Chinese team, two South Korean teams and an Indonesian pair. Read what happened in the National Post.

JULY 31: It’s official: Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian ever. The swimming legend won a gold in the 4X200 freesyle relay and just missed silver in the 200-meter butterfly to record his 19th medal (15 gold) to surpass the previous record of 18. And he still has three events left. Read more.

Also on Tuesday, the Dream Team crushed Tunisia after a slow start and the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team surged to gold in the Team Competition. Read more.

JULY 30: It was a pool party for the U.S.A. at the Summer Olympics on Monday as swimmers Missy Franklin and Matt Grevers struck gold.

Rising superstar Franklin won gold in her first individual event, the 100-meter backstroke, just minutes after a 200-meter freestyle semi-final. Then Grevers followed that up with an Olympic record in the men’s 100-meter backstroke. Learn more and see what American came in second. The news wasn’t as good for Ryan Lochte, as the American star failed to medal in the 200 freestyle.

Au revoir, France. It took the latest Dream Team a while to find its rhythm, but when they did, Lebron James and company easily put away Tony Parker and France 98-71 in the Olympics opener for both teams. Next up for the U.S.? Woeful Tunisia. More. In other events on Sunday.

  • American swimmer Dana Vollmer didn’t just win the gold medal in the 100-meter butterfly, she set a world record, too.
  • A day after failing to reach the podium, Michael Phelps helped put the U.S. in position to win the 4×100-meter freestyle relay, but the French pulled off an amazing comeback for gold. Here’s what happened.
  • One day after the British men failed to bring home a gold medal in the road race, a woman cyclist from Great Britain, Elizabeth Armitstead, managed to bring home silver in the driving rain.
  • U.S. Soccer officials said goalie Hope Solo would not be disciplined for recent tweets critical of color commentator Brandi Chastain. Learn more and see why Julie Foudy finds the whole thing sad.

July 28: So much for perfection. U.S. superstar Michael Phelps not only didn’t top the podium in his first event at the London Olympics, he didn’t even make it on the podium. You read that right: U.S. rival Ryan Lochte won the 400-meter IM on Saturday,with Phelps a distant fourth. See what happened. In other events on Saturday:

  • The U.S. Archery team stunned favored South Korea in the semifinals and then came within a point of gold in the finals, losing to the Italians but winning silver, America’s first medal in the Games. More.
  • The American Women’s Soccer team cruised to a 3-0 win over Colombia, but the big news was the Twitter trash talk goalie Hope Solo directed at NBC color commentator Brandi Chastain. Find out why Solo was criticizing the former World Cup-winning defender. More.
  • The U.S. Women’s basketball team struggled, but pulled away from Croatia while the Women’s Volleyball team also opened with a win over South Korea.
  • The men’s road race produced a surprise winner when Alexander Vinokourov joined a big breakaway, then out-dueled Colombian Rigoberto Uran in the final 200 meters for the win. More.

JULY 25: The U.S. Women’s Soccer team had a slow start to its Summer Olympics, falling behind France 2-0, but then Abby Wambaugh scored, followed by a pair from Alex Morgan, as the team rallied to win 4-2. More.

Did you know you can watch every Summer Olympics event live? Here are the TV listings as well as the streaming schedule for watching online. Here’s a complete schedule.

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Here’s where to watch ALL of the events in the 2012 Summer Olympics from London

It’s hard to believe, but the Summer Olympics opening ceremony will be on Friday (July 27). After the ceremony ends, use this guide from the L.A. Times to find the best events.

Who will win the most medals? It’s always a tough competition, but we do expect to see Great Britain win more medals than the country did at the last Olympics. (See why hosting countries win more medals.)

The U.S. Women’s Soccer team doesn’t need to wait for Friday: the squad plays its first match of the Olympics on Wednesday (July 25) against France in search of its fourth gold medal. It starts at noon EDT and will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network.  More here.

It’s also a safe bet that Missy Franklin, Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps will tear up the pool, just like the American basketball team should be dominant on the hardcourt (LeBron James wants to add a gold medal to his NBA title).

But here is one thing we KNOW: You will be able to watch more of the Summer Olympics live this time around than ever before. That’s because you’ll be able to watch it on eight TV channels (TV listings) as well as streaming online (Streaming schedule). NBC promises you can, if you like, watch every event live. In case you are wondering, that is 5,000 hours of coverage.

Here’s a partial list of the most popular events, to help you plan your viewing (Complete schedule):

  • Friday (July 27): Opening Ceremonies
  • Saturday: Missy Franklin expected to participate in her first swim finals.
  • Monday (July 30): Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte do battle
  • Saturday (Aug. 4): Tennis, singles and doubles gold/bronze
  • Sunday (Aug. 5): Track & field begins
  • Tuesday (Aug. 7: Gymnastics finals
  • Thursday (Aug. 9): Track & field finals
  • Saturday (Aug. 11): Gold medal men’s soccer
  • Sunday (Aug. 12): Closing ceremonies

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New Teton Gravity Research film features Swany athlete Maxim Arsenault tearing up Alaska

Maxim Arsenault

Swany America loves to sponsor athletes because of the excitement they create. You just never know what they might do next.

Case in point: backcountry skier extraordinaire Maxim Arsenault just sent word that he’s about to debut in his first Teton Gravity Research film, The Dream Factory, which explores the amazing skiing in Alaska.

An (obviously) excited Max wrote: “I can’ t believe it myself! They are the biggest in the industry. The trailer (see it here) just came out and you can see a shot of me skiing off a big cliff at 1:55. I wear a red jacket and some yellow pants. Enjoy.”

He’s not the only Swany athlete showinng how it’s done: the great Dave Treadway also is featured in the film.

You can buy the DVD or, if you would prefer to see it in a theater and go wild with others, screenings begin on Sept. 9 and will reach cities such as North Lake Tahoe, Steamboat Springs, Denver, Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, San Francisco, Anchorage,  Boston, New York City and MANY more locations.  Here’s the schedule.

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It’s official: Wiggins becomes first Brit to win Tour de France

What else did Bradley Wiggins need to do to prove he was the best rider in the Tour de France? Nothing, but he still proved it on Sunday in Paris, once again helping to lead out teammate Mark Cavendish to the Stage 20 win. So, the final classification  winners:

  • OVERALL: Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome and Vincenzo Nabali
  • POINTS (Green Jersey): Peter Sagan
  • CLIMBER (Polka Dot): Thomas Voeckler
  • YOUNG RIDER (White): Tejay Vangarderen
  • TEAM: Radioshack-Nissan
  • COMBATIVE: Chris Anker-Sorensen

Learn more about the race at the Tour de France websiteincluding the overall standings.

Previous stage results during the Tour de France:

  • Stage 20: Bradley Wiggins grew his lead and cemented his grip on the overall victory by winning the time trial and extending his lead over everyone. Here’s what they were reading in The Guardian.
  • Drug test confirmed:Frank Schleck’s “B sample” has come back positive for a banned diuretic, the rider said on Friday. Schleck, who was pulled from the race on Tuesday when the first blood test came back positive, continues to insists he does not know how the banned drug got into his system. Read more.
  • Stage 18: Is there anything Bradley Wiggins can’t do? The overall race leader led out teammate Mark Cavendish to victory in Stage 18, the second of this tour by Cavendish  and the 22nd of his career, putting him in a tie with Lance Armstrong. Read more.
  • Stage 17: Leader Bradley Wiggins thrived on final day of difficult climbing in the Pyrenees to finish second in the stage (tied with teammate Chris Froome). Alejandro Valverde won the stage. Read more.
  • Rivalry? A simmering rivalry seems to be apparent between Wiggins and Froome, who has shown himself to be the stronger climber. During the final ascent in Stage 17 Froome pulled ahead and gestured at Wiggins to pick up the pace, which some riders suggested was disrespectful. Learn more.
  • Stage 16: The “circle of death,”  the nickname given to this stage’s brutal climbs, finished any chance for Cadel Evans to defend his Tour de France title, while Bradley Wiggins maintained his lead. Read more.
  • UPDATE: Luxembourg rider Frank Schleck, after testing positive for a forbidden diuretic at the Tour de France and being pulled from Stage 16, has suggested he may have been poisoned. Read more.
  • Day off: The schedule said Tuesday is a rest day at the Tour de France, but the teams in contention worked hard on strategy for the coming stages in the Pyrenees.  Read more.
  •  Stage 15: A day after tacks flattened 45 tires, the peleton experienced a sleepy day, letting a six-man breakaway escape and cruising to the finish as Pierrick Fedrigo earned France its fourth stage win this year when he edged American Christian Vande VeldeMore.
  • Stage 14: Luis León Sánchez won the 14th stage of the Tour de France with a brilliant ride, but most people will remember the stage for the sabotage committed by someone at the top of the final climb, where carpet tacks thrown on the road caused as many as 30 flat tires, including one for defending champion Cadel Evans. Race officials asked French police to investigate the incident on the Mur de Peguere climb.
  • Stage 13: German Andre Greipel won a photo-finish sprint to win his third stage victory of this Tour after pther top sprinters, including Mark Cavendish, were unable to keep up over a late climb and did not factor in the finish. Read more.
  • Stage 12: David Millar won his second stage ever at the Tour as part of a 5-rider breakout that stayed away for more than 130 miles. Read more.
  •  Stage 11: Bradley Wiggins moved closer toward becoming the first  Briton to win the Tour de France when he survived the toughest climbing stage to extend his lead, while Cadel Evans cracked on the final climb and fell to fourth. Read more. 
  • Stage 10: Briton Bradley Wiggins survived a day of climbing and kept the yellow jersey as Thomas Voeckler won the stage, followed by Michele Scarponi and Jens Voigt. Read about the stage.
  • Stage 9: Race leader Bradley Wiggins blitzed the field to win Stage 9,  a 41.5km time trial, and put some serious time into his rivals.  Wiggins explained why he’s a natural at time trials.
  • Stage 8: Bradley Wiggins performed well in Stage 8, won by Frenchman Thibaut Pinot,  to retain his overall lead. 
  • Stage 7: The real race begins as Bradley Wiggins takes possession of the overall lead after a climbing finish creates separation among the riders. Defending champion Cadel Evans finished third. More.
  • Stage 6: A large crash again dominated the news in Stage 6, causing several abandonments, while Peter Sagan won his third stage in this tour by besting Andre Greipel, winner of the previous two stages. Read more.
  • Stage 5: Andre Greipel again out-sprints the field for a win, besting his rival Mark Cavendish. 
  • Stage 4: Andre Greipel dodged a significant crash, which claimed Mark Cavendish, near the end of the stage and then sprinted to victory.
  • Stage 3: First-timer Peter Sagan of Liquigas-Cannondale captured Stage 3 with a convincing win in the final sprint to claim his second stage win.
  • Stage 2: Here’s how Mark Cavendish surged to win his 21st stage on the Tour. More.
  • Stage 1: See how Peter Sagan won in his first-ever Tour start over Fabian CancellaraMore
  • PrologueFabian Cancellara wins the prologue at the Tour de France for the fifth time. More

LAST YEAR: The  Tour de France in 2011 saw Cadel Evans claim victory with a late, stirring time-trial win. Andy (2nd) and Frank Schleck (3rd) became the first brothers to grace the podium together. Sammy Sanchez was King of the Mountains, Mark Cavendish earned the green jersey for most points, Pierre Rolland won the best young rider competition and Team Garmin-Cervelo was tops among teams.

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Levi Leipheimer to defend USA Pro Cycling Challenge crown; Cadel Evans will race again

Levi Leipheimer accepting cheers after winning last year’s inaugural race.

Levi Leipheimer will defend his title in August at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge and 2011 Tour de France champion Cadel Evans will return for his second shot at the Colorado race.

Race CEO Shawn Hunter announced those participants on July 10, as well as the top teams participating, including the likes of BMC, Radio Shack, Garmin and Astana. See all the teams on the race’s official website here and learn what other top riders now in the Tour de France might compete as well in this Denver Post story.

This year’s race will start Aug. 20 in Durango and finish with a time trial on Aug. 26 in Denver. See the entire route.  Race organizers, aiming to correct a big gap in last year’s TV coverage when viewers were left in the dark, have created a plan to ensure coverage of the thrilling downhill on Independendence Pass into Aspen. Read how.

Last year’s inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge was a huge success, with more than a million people coming out to attend the return of professional bicycling to Colorado. Levi Leipheimer won the closely-contested race over Christian VandeVelde and Tejay van Garderen. Other superstars like Andy Schleck and brother Frank also came to Colorado.

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