Posts Tagged ‘Baltimore’

Melissa Otterbein never has thought of herself as a world-class athlete, just someone who was persistent and worked hard to achieve her goals.

Melissa Otterbein, of Hamden, trained with a local bicycle racing club to prepare for the 70.3 Ironman World Championship in Las Vegas.
Melissa Otterbein, of Hamden, trained with a local bicycle…

At Towson University, where she was a member of the swimming team, Otterbein made the Colonial Athletic Association championships twice in her four years.

Otterbein, who grew up outside Philadelphia and has remained in Baltimore after graduating four years ago, has another goal that appears a little more challenging: She is trying to get the Tour de France to hold a race for women.

KV Racing Technologydriver Simona De Silvestro gave herself a nice birthday present by finishing fifth today in the crash filled Grand Prix of Baltimore on the 2.4-mile,12-turn temporary street circuit in Baltimore, Maryland.

Sim Sun BWI De Silvestro, who turned 25 today, qualified the No. 78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy – KV Racing Technology car 19th, but lined up 17th after penalties for unauthorized engine changes were assessed to two cars. She was on the move from the drop of the green flag and was in 10th place when the first of six caution periods occurred.

Simona de Silvestro, HVM Racing Technology Chevrolet

Simona de Silvestro, HVM Racing Technology Chevrolet

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downloadIf you didn’t know better, you might make the mistake of calling Glenn Sperry old.

His thick glasses sit evenly below his gray head of hair. Even Sperry’s faded green swimming trunks seem to be a relic, abruptly ending closer to his waist than knees.

But ask his friends or neighbors, and Sperry is anything but old. That’s because they’ve seen the 72-year-old glide across Lake Worth in Fort Worth, Texas, on water skis like a man who is 27. In fact, skiing on an actual pair of water skis is simply Sperry’s warm-up act. For more of a challenge, he might surf across Lake Worth on a wooden saucer 3 feet in diameter. Or he might float perched atop 6-foot stilts, as if he were a circus performer moving not on land but on water. (more…)

The rail thing: Participants in an Urban Evolutions parkour class climb and jump over obstacles. | THE WASHINGTON POST

If you’re my age (meaning not in your 20s) and you’ve even heard of “parkour,” it’s probably because of that scene in the 2006 remake of “Casino Royale” when James Bond chases a bounding, bouncing bad guy up a giant construction crane, down an elevator shaft and over all kinds of obstacles on a building site.

Stephen Murray at the 2001 X Games in Philadelphia, Pa. (left), and at the Stay Strong compound last month in Riverside, Calif. (right).

X Games BMX Dirt gold medalist Stephen Murray, who suffered a career-ending injury that left him paralyzed below the shoulders in 2007, released a video this week that shows him moving both of his arms. The development comes almost six years to the day since Murray was injured at the Baltimore Dew Tour stop on June 22, 2007. (more…)

Bucky Lasek of Baltimore competes in the final round of the skateboard bowl at last year's Dew Tour championships.

Bucky Lasek of Baltimore competes in the final round of the skateboard bowl at last year’s Dew Tour championships. / File photo

OCEAN CITY — Four days of extreme sports and live music are headed back to the beach as the highly anticipated Dew Tour returns for 2013.

“We are excited and proud to see the Dew Tour become an Ocean City staple in just a few years,” said Kenny Mitchell, general manager. “With skate and BMX contests going throughout the day featuring the world’s top athletes, high energy music performances at night and a wide range of fun activities in the Dew Tour Experience, the event brings a world-class action sports celebration to Ocean City.” (more…)

When daredevil Felix Baumgartner broke three world records Oct. 14, 2012, by jumping from a pressurized capsule 127,852 feet above the Earth, millions of people watched. And no doubt nearly every single one of them wondered, “Would I do that?” Not everyone might jump if given the chance, but two companies are working on a space suit to make the feat possible for those who would.

Solar System Express and Juxtopia, both based in Baltimore, MD-based, have teamed up to create a space diving suit that they say could be in production by 2016. The initial testing will be done by a robot, not a human. (more…)

When daredevil Felix Baumgartner broke three world records Oct. 14, 2012, by jumping from a pressurized capsule 127,852 feet above the Earth, millions of people watched. And no doubt nearly every single one of them wondered, “Would I do that?” Not everyone might jump if given the chance, but two companies are working on a space suit to make the feat possible for those who would.

Solar System Express and Juxtopia, both based in Baltimore, MD-based, have teamed up to create a space diving suit that they say could be in production by 2016. The initial testing will be done by a robot, not a human.

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Maryland Natural Resources Police say they have found a man who went missing May 15th.

The body of Jason Leonard Crawford Sr., 36, was pulled from the North Branch of the Potomac River on Thursday evening after being discovered by a father and son who were kayaking.

The positive identification of Crawford, a Cumberland resident, was made Friday by the Maryland state medical examiner in Baltimore.

Jason Leonard Crawford Senior, who was 36 years old, was kayaking with his son when he went missing.
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Following an alert Thursday by Maryland Natural Resources Police to the Allegany County 911 Center, members of the Bowling Green Volunteer Fire Department’s Swift Water Rescue Team removed the body a little before dark.

The kayakers noticed the body about one mile downstream from the Mason Recreational Complex in Cumberland’s South End.

In an interview, investigator Jon Dudiak said that Crawford had been in the river for some length of time.

Dudiak said there were no obvious signs indicating the cause of death.

“We won’t know for a while until the medical examiner goes through all the toxicology tests,” Dudiak said.

Mineral County sheriff will continue to investigate the matter.