Ueli Steck, Speed Mountain-Climber

April 21, 2011

The Eiger is a wall of ice and stone in the Swiss Alps. It rises 3970 meters (13,025 feet) above Gindelwald. The north face of Eiger is also called Mordwand, or “the wall of death”. In the past century, at least sixty-four climbers have died trying to scale this treacherous slope. The western flank of […]

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Olga Kotelko, the 91-Year-Old Star of Track and Field

April 4, 2011

Most of my life, I’ve been fat. I’ve been a sedentary man, sitting in front of a computer, eating corn chips and Sno-Balls. Over the past couple of years, though, I’ve changed. I’m eating well and have even started exercising. In fact, I exercise a lot. Physical fitness is hard work. Some days, I wonder […]

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Lou Gehrig, the Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth

March 31, 2011

When Lou Gehrig was born on 19 June 1903, he weighed almost fourteen pounds. As a man, he stood six-feet tall and weighed 200 pounds. He was one of the greatest baseball players of his day. Hell, he was one of the greatest baseball players of all time. Gehrig made his debut with the New […]

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