The February Issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors is Live

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first_imgDEPARTMENTSTHE DIRTFreesoloist Austin Howell survives a near-death fall and keeps climbing.QUICK HITSLance wins a trail race—people get pissed • Chimney Rock expands • Former Olympian runs sub-five mile for 40th consecutive yearFLASHPOINTCut the carbs? Crank up the workout intensity? Juicy detox cure? 5 common fitness myths debunked.THE GOODSAdventure runner Phil Phelan’s go-to gear for multiday treks.TRAIL MIXFast Hands and Hard Truths: New albums from Larry Keel and Malcom Holcombe.FEATURESTAKING BACK THE GAULEY“Once I got out on the Gauley, my hands shook with each pull through the water, and in the opening rapids, I had trouble rallying the power that I needed to steer myself.”TRAIL HEROESThere aren’t many large black women lining up at the starting line of 62-mile ultras. That hasn’t stopped Mirna Valerio, a Georgia teacher and coach who is shattering stereotypes. Meet Mirna and four other inspiring trail runners from the Blue Ridge.BLUE RIDGE BUCKET LISTMake 2016 the year of no excuses. Check out these 41 regional events that are sure to make your quads crumble, your forearms scream, and your sides cramp. If you live here or play here, these are the must-dos.THE WAY FORWARDUltrarunning legend and multiple national champion Anne Riddle reflects on what the trail has taught her.APRÈS SKINo two words excite snowsports aficionado Graham Averill more than après ski, roughly translated from the French: ‘I drank too much champagne and fell in the hot tub while still wearing my ski boots.’DITCH THE GPSAdventurer Devon O’neil gets lost to find himself.last_img read more

La Liga: Atletico draw with Sevilla ahead of Liverpool showdown

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first_imgRead Also: Liverpool three wins from EPL title after comeback win against BournemouthTrippier kicked through the back of Ocampos, who made no mistake with the spot-kick, ensuring the game hung in the balance at half-time.Trippier himself required treatment from physios following a hefty challenge from Guidelj and while the full-back continued, he never looked entirely comfortable thereafter.Atletico were the ones pushing hardest for a winner but Vitolo ballooned a loose ball over the bar and Saul Niguez headed wide at the back post. They will have to be more clinical at Anfield. Joao Felix looked as sharp at the Wanda Metropolitano as he has done all season and completed a four-minute comeback for Atletico after Alvaro Morata’s penalty cancelled out Luuk de Jong’s opener for Sevilla.But Lucas Ocampos levelled with another penalty at the end of a pulsating first half, again with the help of VAR after a foul by Kieran Trippier, whose involvement at Anfield on Wednesday could be in doubt.Trippier took treatment after a heavy challenge from Nemanja Gudelj in the second half and while he finished the game, the full-back appeared restricted in his movement.The draw will be more gratefully received by Sevilla, who sit third in La Liga and two points ahead of Atletico, who are fifth after missing an opportunity to close the gap.Yet while the top four is by no means a guarantee for Diego Simeone’s side, the Champions League has assumed even greater importance with La Liga’s title race firmly out of reach.Since their surprise 1-0 home win over Liverpool earlier this month, Atletico have struggled to sustain momentum, having beaten Villarreal, drawn away at struggling Espanyol and now been held by Sevilla.But they are full of hope, after welcoming back key players from injury and watching from afar as Jurgen Klopp’s side have endured a rocky couple of weeks in England.Felix’s performance will have been especially encouraging, the Portugese capping an excellent display with his second goal in three games since returning from a month out and now looking likely to start against Liverpool.Diego Costa is also fit again and would be a more conservative option if Simeone opts for physicality over creativity alongside Morata, who scored his first goal in eight weeks.Sevilla’s coach Julen Lopetegui was whistled by Atletico’s fans before kick-off for his brief spell at Real last season and he has been under pressure from his own fans too after a disappointing few weeks.Yet De Jong put Sevilla in the 19th minute when he fooled Stefan Savic into an attempted interception by taking Joan Jordan’s pass on his back foot, before firing past Jan Oblak.But a frantic end to the half saw Atletico score twice in four minutes as Morata converted a penalty after the ball was adjudged to have hit Diego Carlos on the shoulder and then Felix drove in after being picked out by Koke.The lead lasted only seven minutes as Sevilla drew level before half-time. Oblak managed to scoop out Jordan’s header at the near post but VAR showed Kieran Trippier to have fouled Ocampos in the chaos that followed. Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World Atletico Madrid will hope for a tighter contest against Liverpool in the Champions League after playing out a frantic 2-2 draw against Sevilla on Saturday.Advertisementcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

Colorado pair leads Wisconsin

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first_imgJunior Tyler Graff (above) and Freshman Connor Medbary are the most recent graduates of Loveland High School in Colorado to be recruited by the Wisconsin wrestling team.[/media-credit]It’s pretty rare to have two solid high school wrestlers from the same state decide on the same collegiate wrestling program 1,000 miles away from home. It’s a whole different story when those two wrestlers combined for seven state championships while competing for the same high school and are dominating at the collegiate level in the most difficult wrestling conference in the country.Both redshirt junior Tyler Graff and redshirt freshman Connor Medbery decided on the University of Wisconsin wrestling program coming from Loveland High School in northern Colorado and have been Wisconsin’s two best wrestlers this season, with both being ranked every week since the start of the year.Graff and Medbery are currently ranked in the top ten of the 133-pound and heavyweight weight classes, respectively.Head coach Barry Davis said it’s not every day you see two teammate wrestlers who combined for six undefeated seasons and a totaled 323-3 record in high school.“Those guys are rare,” Davis said. “To have that type of athletic talent and that they came from the same high school.”The relationship between Graff and Medbery began well before high school. The pair was part of a small group of wrestlers from Loveland who trained and wrestled throughout grade school together starting at an early age.Entering his first year of high school, Medbery already knew the talent and work ethic of Graff, who had won three state championships before Medbery was even out of eighth grade. He said his other teammates quickly respected Graff just as much for what he had already accomplished at Loveland High School.“We had a good friendship, definitely,” Medbery said. “All of the other underclassmen looked up to Ty to see how he was working hard, so when it was time to wrestle, everybody knew this wasn’t a time to mess around. It was a time to wrestle, so everybody could stay focused.”The admiration for Graff, however, was not one-sided. Graff knew of Medbery’s dedication and talent long before Medbery joined Graff on the high school team.“I knew even before [high school],” Graff said. “The way he held himself to standards already gave me an idea of how I should look at him. I didn’t see him as some typical high school wrestler; he was somebody who could take it all.”Graff and Medbery are not the first two successful wrestlers to come out of Loveland. Tom Clum was a two-time All-American for Wisconsin in the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons after wrestling for Loveland High School.As a 133-pound wrestler like Graff, Clum had an enormous influence on Graff becoming a Badger three years after his graduation. He is now a top club-level coach back in Colorado.Davis said Clum was one of the most technical wrestlers he has ever coached and noted that he is a trustworthy candidate to take references from in regards to recruiting.“With the techniques he knows and the skills he teaches, it’s unbelievable,” Davis said. “So when Tommy Clum recommends somebody, that’s high praise … Tommy Clum has helped take [Colorado] to a whole different level, wrestling knowledge wise.”The Loveland lineage continued when Graff recommended the promising Medbery to wrestle as a Badger. Graff and Medbery have been two of Wisconsin’s best wrestlers in recent memory – Graff has been a two-time All American in his two full seasons on the team, and Medbery has won 11 of 12 dual matches in his first season competing as a Badger. Davis said he’s been pleased with the performance of his star wrestlers with both their athletics and academics.“They’re both very focused in the classroom, out of the classroom, on the mat,” Davis said. “They have high expectations in both areas, and they’re both high achievers.”The success of the Loveland natives at the collegiate level partially comes from the mutual weight trainer that Graff and Medbery worked out with in high school. Graff met volunteer trainer Dave Jackson coming into high school when Jackson noticed that Graff needed some help with his form in the weight room.Medbery starting training with Jackson when in eighth grade he decided to join Graff and Jackson at an open practice session.“He knew what we needed to do, how to get stronger,” Medbery said. “He knew our goals, too. He knew that Tyler wanted to be a national champion and same with me … He really pushed us. I think he has a mindset that he wants to help the kids, he does everything for free, so he’s just a great guy that wants to help out the community and help kids get better.”last_img read more