Red Bull Crashed Ice, which began in March 2001, is a world tour event in which racers (typically former ice hockey players) descend a steep ice canal filled with bumps, jumps, and rollers and obstacles four at a time, jostling for position as they reach speeds of up to 45 mph. This year's season opener was held on Nov. 27 and 28, in Quebec City, Canada.
Ada, Ohio, doesn't stick out on a map. The town with a population of about 6,000 is a 2½-hour drive from Cleveland and is tucked away in the quiet countryside of the Midwest. But there's some significant work happening in Ada—it's the location of the Wilson factory where NFL footballs are made. Since 1955, every NFL ball has been made at this facility. Today, it employs 120 workers and produces more than 700,000 footballs per year. The Wilson staff gave SI Kids an exclusive look at how the footballs you see any given Sunday are made.
The Lumberjack World Championships, which began in 1960, showcase more than 21 events ranging from men's and women's logrolling to chopping to the pole climb. Over 100 contestants compete for more than $50,000 in cash prizes during the three-day event held in Hayward, Wis.