All Michael Finkel Stories
A Hair-Raising Hero
With his gonzo exploits, extreme skier Glen Plake wows legions of fans
The Arctic Circle Gambit
For nearly 1,000 years a tiny, desolate island to the north of Iceland was a hotbed of chess
One Hot Seat
An innovative wheelchair lets disabled athletes hit mountain hiking trails
The Ice King
Steep, slippery mountain traits are among Dave King's favorite haunts
Cycling's Singular Sisterhood
Jacquie Phelan's WOMBATS offers women mountain bikers tea and sympathy
A Taste for the Toothbrush
British skiers enjoy slaloming down plastic-bristle slopes
PLAYING WITH TRADITION THE WORLD ESKIMO-INDIAN OLYMPICS CELEBRATE AGE-OLD NATIVE AMERICAN SPORTS
Robert Okpeaha Jr. is the Cyrano de Bergerac of ears. His ears are the size of saucers and feature folds of cartilage as thick as drinking straws.
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD JAKE BURTON TOOK A CHILDHOOD TOY AND LAUNCHED AN INTERNATIONAL CRAZE
To find the godfather of snowboarding, you must travel to theoutskirts of Burlington, Vt., drive across a one-lane bridge andpark in front of the ...
THE ULTIMATE TORTURE THE TOUGHER THE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S CHALLENGE IS, THE MORE RIDERS LOVE IT
The women went down in groups, tipping over like dominoes. Theywent down solo, sliding painfully across the pavement. They wentdown ...
Immersed In His Work Marine cinematographer Al Giddings has filmed in every ocean on the planet
When Al Giddings hears would-be adventurers complain that thereare no new places to explore in the world, he laughs. "I've beendoing this for ...
NOT YOUR ORDINARY ALLEY THE NATIONAL BOWLING STADIUM IS STRIKING BECAUSE NO EXPENSE HAS BEEN SPARED
You can, if you're so inclined, purchase 37 varieties ofT-shirts advertising the mammoth National Bowling Stadium inReno, which opened in ...
Fairest of the Fowl
In the fervent world of pigeon racing, top birds command big bucks
THE LONG AND WINDING ROUTE THE GREAT DIVIDE TRAIL PROMISES MOUNTAIN BIKERS A STUNNING NORTH-SOUTH RIDE
The idea, as Mike McCoy readily admits, sounds preposterous: tocreate a 3000- mile mountain-bike trail that runs from Canada toMexico.
Red-hot in the Cold
When it comes to running on powder, Tom Sobal dusts the competition
Rasslin' with Hard Times
Thanks to coach John Larick, Montana State's teams can return to top form
Volleyball with a Kick
Once played only in Southeast Asia, takraw has gained a foothold in the U.S.