Lindsey Vonn, the new superstar of American skiing, captured her third consecutive World Cup overall title today by winning the super G at the World Cup Finals in Garmisch, Germany. The World cup overall title is considered the highest honor in ski racing, as it reflects excellence across all disciplines throughout the entire season.
Some non-Olympic news coming out of Whistler, B.C. In case you hadn't heard, Whistler-Blackcomb is for sale; meanwhile Whistler's owner, Intrawest, is fighting to keep the resort. Intrawest owners Fortress Investment Group missed the final payment on a $1.4 billion loan last year, and its big-bank creditors started foreclosure proceedings against the group.
Let's all admit something: Skiers are good people. Sure, there are some minor liftline grumblers and on-slope maniacs, but in general we all like bluebird days, big powder, and a fat beer after last chair. And in general we're happy to give ski companies our money to provide access to such enjoyable pursuits. But let's also admit something else: Skiers are not above a little, shall we say, wheeling and dealing when it comes to ski passes. You know what we're talking about. The kid selling you his half-used lift ticket in the parking lot.
For skiers who tear their anterior cruciate ligaments, the decision of whether or not to reconstruct it is not an issue; active people almost always opt for surgery. What is a challenge, however, is deciding how to reconstruct the rupture: using the patient's patellar tendon, hamstring or a donor graft from a cadaver. Each option bears different results. Dr. Johnathon Cluett weighs the pros and cons of each, and guides you in the right direction.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. is approaching a "longevity revolution." People are living longer, and by the year 2030, the elderly population is expected to surpass 70 million. Sure, longevity is generally considered a good thing, so long as quantity of life is matched by quality.
When a lab mouse is allowed to run around in its cage, its brainpower improves. When it’s forced into running harder than it would on its own volition, its brainpower improves even more, according to a recent New York Times blog post about a study led by researchers at National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan.
Yes, it’s snowing. Which is a good thing. But with winter comes the common cold that gets passed around what seems like all season. This year, fight back—and get fit in the process. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, 45 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise (such as walking) on most days of the week can decrease sick time by 25 to 50 percent.
Bump skiers, rejoice! A total knee replacement may not be your fate. More orthopedic surgeons are performing partial knee replacements, also known as unicompartmental knee arthroplasty (UKA) or "uniknee," which are less invasive. Osteoarthritis of the knees, caused by wear and tear, is incredibly common in skiers.
Clif introduces Shot Roks: malted balls that are packed with protein and electrolytes that you need to keep you going on the slopes. The Roks (peanut-butter, chocolate or chocolate-chip cookie dough) are already bite-size—no more tug-of-war with a frozen bar—which makes them infinitely more shareable on the chairlift. And, yes, they taste pretty good, too.