Robert Vinet

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What Would Life Be Like If We Only Did What Is Necessary? » Niki Lauda

A childhood hero of mine has passed away.

“A lot of people criticize Formula 1 as an unnecessary risk. But what would life be like if we only did what is necessary?”
» Niki Lauda

» Andreas Nikolaus “Niki” Lauda was 70.

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Goldman Sachs’ sophisticated model to predict World Cup results didn’t even come close

It had Brazil beating Germany in the final.

In the end France took home its second World Cup title on Sunday defeating Croatia 4-2 in the exciting final game.

Congratualations to les Bleus.

Icarus

In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
~ George Orwell

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The 2018 Tour de France begins today

The 2018 Tour de France, one of the great modern sporting events, begins today. The first stage of the race will cover 201 km (214 mi.) between Noirmoutier-en-I’lle and Fontenay-le-Comte.

Who’s faster: The race between humans and horses

1,000 people race a bunch of horses 21 miles across Wales at the 39th annual staging of Man vs Horse.

From Vice:

Man, so far, has won twice. Let’s just get that out of the way. The first was Huw Lobb in 2004, beating the horse by a clean couple of minutes, and then Florian Holzinger in 2007, who reportedly announced after finishing the race: “I am the German who is faster than a horse!”

The common denominator on both days, apart from the fact both were professional athletes, was heat

Willie O’Ree is heading to the Hockey Hall of Fame

Willie O’Ree, the NHL’s first black player, is heading to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Video: Johanna Under The Ice

Nowness:

Finnish freediver Johanna Nordblad holds the world record for a 50-meter dive under ice. She discovered her love for the sport through cold-water treatment while recovering from a downhill biking accident that almost took her leg. British director and photographer Ian Derry captures her taking a plunge under the Arctic ice.

Video: How to run 100 miles

REI:

In September 2017, I stepped up to the starting line of the Run Rabbit Run 100 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, alongside my friend Jayson Sime. The race is a 102.9-mile ultramarathon with 20,000 feet of elevation gain, which is no small feat for a couple of guys who don’t know what they’re doing.

Jayson had talked me into it, and if I were to be completely honest, I’d say we were there to test out his life philosophy, which is basically that you can do anything you dream up, as long as you put in the work and refuse to quit. That ethic has worked for him in almost every other area of life, despite growing up in poverty, one of six children with no father, and dyslexia.

In the six months leading up to the race, we figured since we weren’t naturally talented runners, the best thing we could do is work hard. So we ran 50- to 70-mile weeks all summer, and went through a full range of feelings: fear, regret, sadness, FOMO, hunger, thirst, exhaustion, pain, and joy. And gluttony, which is not a feeling, but what happens after you run 20 or more miles.

Skating on Thin Ice

Please don’t try this without proper training and supervision. Thin ice brings with it many risks and dangers.

How Skating on Thin Ice Creates Laser-Like Sounds – Amy Rankin, National Geographic

The idiom “skate on thin ice” usually means: danger—stop what you’re doing, or else. However, skating on thin, black ice is exactly what Swedish ice skating enthusiasts Henrik Trygg and Mårten Ajne love to do.

To hit the ice when it has just begun to freeze, in its most pristine, dangerously thin state, is the ultimate thrill in “wild ice skating,” or “Nordic skating.” It’s the “holy grail,” says Trygg. (Learn about the similar sport of backcountry ice skating.)

A photographer and filmmaker based in Stockholm, Trygg has made an art of capturing both the clear, black appearance of the ice, and the laser-like symphony of sounds created when an ice skater’s bodyweight passes over it. Ajne is a mathematician who has written books on the art and science of Nordic skating, featuring Trygg’s photographs. Both men have been skating for decades.

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