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December 23, 2011 | By Sara Lessley
”So, where can we sled?” We all ask that question. We're visiting this winter wonderland at Mammoth, we have the sleds or the saucers, and we envision ourselves (OK, our kids) flying down the hills just like those movie scenes -- but where do we go? Well, there's the corner of Minaret and Old Mammoth roads, that spot behind the buildings, where families take their saucers  ... or various meadows  off Highway 395  where hardy souls tromp up the hills with their plastic toboggans ... or there was the on-again , off-again Sledz.
March 10, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
In order to be a champion musher, you need dogs, sleds, a sense of athletic adventure and -- oh, yeah -- snow. Getting three out of four might work in baseball or basketball, but it just doesn't count when it comes to the Iditarod, the 975-mile race that traditionally tests human and animal against Alaska's elements. Let's face it: Without snowy, icy, even blizzard conditions, the race is nothing more than a fast, painful trek along Iditarod National Historic Trail. And this year the lack of snow along parts of the route have caused problems.
June 22, 1989 | From Associated Press
A sled dog lost in poor weather during a climbing expedition on Mt. McKinley has turned up, weak but alive, after 18 days on the ice-covered mountain.
February 23, 2014 | By David Wharton
SOCHI, Russia - Down near the bottom of the track, shooting out of Turn 15, Steve Holcomb glanced at a time clock just off to the side. Bobsled pilots are not supposed to let their focus wander - not at 80-plus mph - but Holcomb could not help himself. And the green numbers meant that his time was good. Oh God, don't mess up, he recalled thinking. Don't mess this up in the last two corners. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi The final stretch went according to plan, just fast enough for Holcomb and USA 1 to capture bronze in the four-man bobsled on the final afternoon of the Sochi Olympics.
February 12, 2010 | By Candus Thomson
Just hours before the caldron was lighted to mark the start of these Winter Olympics, a young athlete's life was snuffed out in a horrific crash on the world's fastest luge track. On a morning training run under the first blue sky in days, Nodar Kumaritashvili, 21, of the Republic of Georgia lost control of his sled at about 80 mph as he came out of the final curve -- nicknamed Thunderbird -- and approached the finish line. He catapulted over the outer lip of the track and slammed into an unpadded roof support post.
January 25, 1987 | United Press International
City officials have learned that it's a bit more complicated now than it was 150 years ago to send mail by dog sled. As part of Michigan's sesquicentennial celebration, a dog sled bearing commemorative mail will leave the courthouse steps Monday morning for the 285-mile trip south to the state Capitol at Lansing. City officials debated plans for the dog sled at length last week and finally decided that the 15-dog team and its driver, Douglas Houghton, will need a motorized police escort.
May 29, 1985
Shasta County authorities arrested two Sacramento area men on manslaughter charges in the weekend deaths of two Oregon State University students on Lake Shasta. The students were mowed down in the water Saturday evening by a boat that had been towing them on a 15-by-2-foot water sled. The students were dumped into the water when their sled tipped over, witnesses said. They said the driver of the tow boat turned his craft around, apparently in an effort to help them, but instead ran them over.
November 16, 1986 | MARTY CARLOCK, Carlock is a Weston, Mass., free-lance writer.
The kennels were silent when we arrived, but now canine clamor echoes through the valley. Mark, copper-bearded, came running from the source of the noise with a leashed husky dog about the same color as his beard. It wasn't clear who was pulling whom. Four 12-foot Arctic sleds, tied down to four stout stakes, stood ready; laid out on the snow in front of each sled was a dog-team harness with 11 yokes. As his dog frisked and pranced, Mark knelt at one harness, clipped the dog's lead to a ring.
April 19, 2010 | By Candus Thomson
A report by the International Luge Federation has concluded that a series of events, including driver error, caused the crash that killed Republic of Georgia athlete Nodar Kumaritashvili only hours before the start of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. "Nodar did commit driving errors starting in Curve 15/16 … that resulted in him leaving the track and subsequently hitting a post causing blunt force trauma to the base of his skull," the report stated. Inspectors could not find any flaws in the ice near the bottom of the course, and technicians said his sled met all standards set by the luge federation (FIL)
February 22, 2014 | By Stacy St. Clair
SOCHI, Russia - U.S. bobsled pilot Steven Holcomb planned to sleep well Saturday night, but he wouldn't say the same for his German competitors. Holcomb's four-man crew sits in fourth place after the first day of competition, just one-hundredth of a second behind Germany's top sled. It's not the placement that the defending Olympic champion wanted, but he insisted he still liked his team's chances. "We're not upset," Holcomb said after his first two runs Saturday. "We're a hundredth out of third place.
February 20, 2014 | Stacy St. Clair
The first time Aja Evans took a run down the bobsled track, a sensation she likens to being stuffed in a garbage can and pushed off a cliff, she wasn't sure she wanted to do it again. Her mother insisted. "She told me to fight through it. She told me I was in this for bigger reasons than that one run," Evans said. "And I'm so glad I listened to her. " Two years after heeding her mother's advice, Evans and her pilot Jamie Greubel won a bronze medal Wednesday in the women's bobsled.
February 17, 2014 | By Stacy St. Clair
SOCHI, Russia - In their first training run together here, U.S. bobsled pilot Elana Meyers and brakeman Lauryn Williams crashed into a wall at the end of the track and severely damaged their sled. Williams - a former sprinting star who took up the sport seven months ago - accepted responsibility for the mishap, saying she had applied the brakes too late. Team mechanics worked through the night to fix the sled and the two were back on the track the next morning, when they posted the fastest time in their training heat.
January 4, 2014 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - Forget the chicken dinner, the rubbery staple of the political fundraising circuit. Go alligator hunting with Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) on a Louisiana Bayou Weekend for a campaign donation of $5,000. Or spend a weekend in Hayward, Wis., for the Lumberjack World Championships, featuring hometown Republican congressman and former lumberjack champion Sean P. Duffy, for a donation of $1,000 per person or $2,000 per political action committee. Or join Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Downey)
November 28, 2013 | Mike Bresnahan
The geography of the NBA conference alignment can't be changed. But it can be lightly debated in a "what-if?" way. The Lakers, long a member of the Western Conference, would just as happily be members of the East this season, where only two teams are over .500. That's right. Two teams. The Lakers are 11th in the West with their 8-8 record. They'd be tied for third in the East with Chicago. "That's the way it goes. It's been like that for a while," Steve Blake said.
August 15, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
You hear all the time how players will run through a brick wall for coaches they respect and admire. But as Notre Dame back Cam McDaniel found out the hard way, it's impossible to get through a gauntlet sled that is turned around backward. This soon-to-be classic clip from Notre Dame practice features Coach Brian Kelly leading his running backs through a drill. When someone suggests the sled is backward, Kelly responds "No, it's not backwards!" and then goes into coach-talk about how he's looking for the "one step, slide cut here.
March 14, 2012 | By Kim Murphy
The Iditarod , the grueling, frozen, 975-mile race between Anchorage and Nome that is the world's premier sled-dogging event, is over. And 25-year-old Dallas Seavey has made history, becoming the youngest-ever winner of the event. “I'm feeling a little tired and very elated,” he told an Iditarod TV crew as he pulled in Tuesday night after nine days, four hours and 29 minutes on the trail. The route offers the equivalent of running from Portland to Los Angeles - with a few steep mountain trails, frozen lakes and bone-chilling windswept plains thrown in. Seavey, a light, powerful former championship wrestler who ran alongside the sled when going up hills, quickly hugged his dogs . They were wrapped in garlands and glory at the finish line, then moved quickly on to dinner and a nap. The young champion from Willow, Alaska, was joined in the race by his father, Mitch Seavey, who won in 2004, and his grandfather, Dan Seavey, 74, who competed in the legendary event's inaugural run. In apparently typical family form, however, each of the tough competitors was tight-lipped about strategy -- and out to try to win the race.
February 27, 2011 | By Sherry Shahan
Norman Vaughan was born on Dec. 19, 1905. He spent his whole life chasing adventures. As a boy living in Massachusetts, Norman's four-legged companion was Rex, a mixed German shepherd. His friend, Eddie Goodale, also had a special dog, Fido. Both Norman and Eddie liked to read true-life adventures. They learned that Eskimos used sealskin to make harnesses for their sled. The boys thought, "Why not?" Norman found a long rope in his barn. He hitched their two dogs to a sled.
March 6, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
In a surprise to no one, Lance Mackey, who has won the race four times (2007-10), is the leader nearing the midpoint of the 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Mackey was the first musher to pull into the checkpoint in Ophir, Alaska. Mackey arrived around 5:30 a.m. PST Wednesday and rested for 15 minutes before heading back out on the trail. Jake Berkowitz arrived in Ophir second and Nicolas Petit third. PHOTOS: Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race The lead mushers are a little over 400 miles into the race.
March 5, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race began on Sunday in Alaska, with 65 teams making their way through punishing wilderness toward the finish line in Nome on Alaska's western coast 1,000 miles away. Among the competitors were defending champion Dallas Seavey and four-time winners Lance Mackey, Jeff King and Martin Buser. “I love running the dogs, working with the dogs,” said Cindy Gallea, of Wykoff, Minn., whose best finish  among 10 Iditarods was 33rd. “I love being in Alaska, being around the beauty.” PHOTOS: Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race The Iditarod winner gets a new truck and $50,400.
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