This Week in Sports and Outdoors: September 24, 2015

Olympic organizers destroy sacred forest, a new look at muscle cramps, a Lance Armstrong biopic and more.

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Olympic organizers destroy sacred forest, a new look at muscle cramps, a Lance Armstrong biopic and more.

On the Radar

Reads and New Gear

PyeonChang Olympic Organizers Destroy Sacred Forest

Olympic organizers cleared 57 acres of trees from Mount Gariwang to make way for alpine skiing courses for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games. Many South Koreans consider Mount Gariwang sacred because of its strong connection to the 15th-century Chosun dynasty.

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Lewandowski Scores Five Goals in Nine Minutes

Robert Lewandowski, a striker for Bayern Munich, had an unreal game the other night scoring five goals in just under nine minutes. Bayern’s coach, Pep Guardiola, said of the rally, “I have never in my life witnessed something like this, whether as a player or a coach.”

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Nobel Prize-Winning Neuroscientist Tackles Muscle Cramps


After his arms seized up during a long-distance kayaking trip, Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist Rod MacKinnon decided to investigate the causes of muscle cramps. His findings pointed not to lack of hydration as the culprit, but to a hyper-excited motor nerve induced by muscle fatigue.

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The Rise and Fall of Lance Armstrong, via Biopic


Ben Foster plays a powerfully convincing Lance Armstrong in The Program, which had its theatrical release in France this past week after a premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Chris O’Dowd stars as David Walsh, an Irish sports journalist set on exposing Armstrong’s use of banned substances.

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National Park Fund Set to Expire

The Land and Water Conservation Fund is set to expire at the end of the month unless Congress votes to extend it. Most often used to match grants, buy land and maintain infrastructure, the fund has benefited over 60 percent of national parks.

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Centenarian Sets Five World Records

At the San Diego Senior Olympics this past Sunday, Don Pellmann set five world records for his age group. He became the first centenarian competitor to break 27 seconds in the 100-meter dash despite his refusal to warm up or stretch.

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Reviews and Buying Guides

Advice from the Crew

The Toll of Battling Wildfires in the West

Burning over 8.8 million acres so far in 2015, wildfires in the west have not only taken a toll on the landscape and resources, but on the lives of firefighters as well. Read the Story

The Six Best Camp Stoves

Our complete guide to camp stoves has something for everyone from the weekend camper to the survivalist. Read the Story

Looking Ahead

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