“The rock and roll star must die,” is the song in one of the songs of the Spleen group. After death, an ordinary star will become a real legend. Partly the same, as stated in the song, the “axiom” applies to sports, especially to its extreme varieties.
On Thursday, February 4, 2016, extreme cyclist Dave Mirra became a legend. The body of the famous biker was found in his own van in the area where he allegedly visited friends. Death came from a gunshot wound, which, according to the police, the 41-year-old athlete inflicted on himself.
Dave Mirra was born in a small provincial town of Chittenango in the state of New York in an average working American family. Mirra was the second child and grew up with an older brother named Tim. The boys knew the bitterness of the loss early, because when Dave was only four years old, his parents divorced – his mother left the family. The guys remained in the care of their father. Continue reading
Speleology (from the Greek. Spélaion – cave and lógos – word, doctrine) – a complex science, a branch of natural science engaged in a comprehensive study of caves – their geological origin, morphology, mineralization, microclimate, composition and properties of cave waters. As well as the organic world of caves (including speleofauna), the remains of an ancient material culture and modern practical use.
Speleology, as a branch of geology, namely karstology, mineralogy and hydrogeology, studies natural caves – their origin, evolution, age, morphology, mineralogy, ecosystem, hydrogeological and microclimatic features of the caves, their modern and ancient fauna, enclosing rocks.
The unreasonably wide application of the concept of “speleology” has come into fashion in Russia: the word “speleology” is often understood not only Continue reading
Ski acrobatics. The type of discipline speaks for itself: complex acrobatic stunts are performed on skis. For this purpose, a specially prepared profiled huge springboard is used, which is designed for thousands of spectators to watch the participant. The entire route consists of three main parts: acceleration mountains, freestyle platforms with various types, complexity and size of ski jumps for jumping, and a steep slope for landing.
At competitions only jumps, such as somersaults, screws, free jumps, which are previously declared and approved by many years of practice in the sports world, are performed in advance. Jumps for flight, form and landing are evaluated, the main criterion is complexity.
Mogul – a type of discipline closest to the actual conditions of descent along unequipped mountain slopes. Mogul involves a descent along a dangerous hilly slope, the protrusions of which are called so – moguls. In principle, tracks Continue reading