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Surfer Rescue and Cross-Country Record: Adventure News of the Week

Roger Casugay and Arhip NurhidayatFilipino surfer Roger Casugay (right) and Indonesian surfer Arhip Nurhidayat (left); photo credit: GMA News Network.
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From the inspiring to the tragic, ‘Adventure News of the Week’ presents a wrap-up of top news in the world of exploration and adventure.

DOPING: Russia Banned From All Major Global Sporting Events. The World Anti-Doping Agency announced today that it will ban Russia from sporting events for the next 4 years. This includes events like the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo and the 2022 World Cup in football.

Although Russia as a country won’t participate, athletes who can prove they were uninvolved in the doping scandal can compete as a team under a neutral flag (similar to the 2018 Winter Olympics). You can read more here.

SURF: Filipino Surfer Sacrifices Win, Saves Competitor. Filipino surfer Roger Casugay is being celebrated for his choice at the 2019 SEA Games to save a competitor. The Indonesian competitor, Arhip Nurhidayat, was struggling against rough waves after losing a board when Casugay rescued him.

SNOW: Duluth’s Spirit Mountain May Close Due to Lack of Funds. A ski resort in Duluth, known for hosting the ISOC Snowcross series, may shut down unless the city can pay the mountain a subsidy.

This past weekend, Spirit Mountain had to cancel much of the Amsoil Duluth National Snocross race, costing them thousands in event fees and revenue. The city of Duluth will meet today regarding the $235,000 subsidy requested by Spirit Mountain, reported MPR News.

CROSS-COUNTRY: Tuohy Wins 3rd Consecutive Cross-Country Title. Katelyn Tuohy, a 17-year-old from New York, became the first runner — male or female — to win the Nike Cross Nationals three times in a row. You can read more about her remarkable cross-country running career and race performance here.

SUBZERO: 5-year-old Carries Sibling to Safety in Subzero Temperatures in Alaska. When the power went out, a 5-year-old decided to walk to a neighbor’s house for help, carrying their 18-month-old sibling over half a mile in temperatures 31 degrees below zero.

The two children suffered injuries from the cold, but they survived. Read the entire state trooper report here.

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