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All Michael Finkel Stories

Jan. 24, 1994

A Hair-Raising Hero

With his gonzo exploits, extreme skier Glen Plake wows legions of fans

Oct. 18, 1993

The Arctic Circle Gambit

For nearly 1,000 years a tiny, desolate island to the north of Iceland was a hotbed of chess

Aug. 08, 1994

One Hot Seat

An innovative wheelchair lets disabled athletes hit mountain hiking trails

Feb. 21, 1994

The Ice King

Steep, slippery mountain traits are among Dave King's favorite haunts

Nov. 01, 1993

Cycling's Singular Sisterhood

Jacquie Phelan's WOMBATS offers women mountain bikers tea and sympathy

Dec. 27, 1993

A Taste for the Toothbrush

British skiers enjoy slaloming down plastic-bristle slopes

Oct. 02, 1995

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.

Jan. 13, 1997

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 ...

June 16, 1997

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 ...

Sept. 05, 1994

The Feet of the Fisherman

In Scotland you can find flounder by baring your soles

Feb. 23, 1998

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 ...

May 27, 1996

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 ...

Nov. 29, 1993

Fairest of the Fowl

In the fervent world of pigeon racing, top birds command big bucks

April 17, 1995

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.

Dec. 12, 1994

Red-hot in the Cold

When it comes to running on powder, Tom Sobal dusts the competition

May 30, 1994

Rasslin' with Hard Times

Thanks to coach John Larick, Montana State's teams can return to top form

Aug. 08, 1994

Volleyball with a Kick

Once played only in Southeast Asia, takraw has gained a foothold in the U.S.

Nov. 14, 1994

Here's Mud in Your Eye

Each fall, players in a New England classic get down and indescribably dirty