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Shovel Racing

You might think a snow shovel is only used when your mom or dad asks you to clear the sidewalk in the winter, but it's also used for one of winter's fastest and most bizarre sports. It's called shovel racing and it involves racing down a snow covered mountain while sitting on a shovel.

Shovel Racing - The Beginning

Shovel racing got its start in the 1970s as a way for ski lift operators to get down the hill once the ski lifts closed. They would always have a snow shovel with them, so they started racing each other down the mountain using the shovel as a sled. Since then, it's become a sport with worldwide competitions.

Shovel Racing - The End of an Era

The World Shovel Racing Championships were the ultimate show-down between the world's best shovel racers before they were canceled in 2005. The Championships were axed after being held at the Angelfire Resort in New Mexico for 30 years. Event organizers say the event was cancelled over concerns about lawsuits from injured participants. In the event's heyday, racers would fly down a 1,000 foot course with speeds reaching more than 75mph.

Shovel Racing - The Equipment

Some racers modify their shovels to make them more aerodynamic like some sort of "winter spacecraft." These babies can power down the mountain at more than 75mph! The World Championships also had a category for the Wackiest Shovel - where racers turn their shovel machines into hot air balloons and sandwiches. In past years, competitors have even decked out their shovels to look like cartoon characters, such as Bart Simpson. Some shovels are even equipped with state-of-the-art braking systems that use a nitrogen gas-powered ram to push a cultivator plow into the ground and stop the shovel.

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    ADRII_ posted in Xtreme Sports:
    i can carry like 70 lbs or smthing  smthing around that 
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    AwesomeIvysaurGirl34
    I have more than one!1. When the ref doesn't see something that's against the rules that the other team did. Like a handball.2. When there is this one player on your team that just is rude to every other player and hogs the ball like they can do it all. 3. When you or a team mate kicks the ball over the goal.4. When the ref says your team did something that's against the rules, but you didn't.There might be more that I forget. Lol
    reply 2 days
    TJStar234
    TJStar234 posted in Dance:
    Same. I love dancing soooooooooooooo much:):):) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
    reply 3 days
    TJStar234
    TJStar234 posted in Dance:
     I would rather prefer hip-hop.  :) It is so fun and energetic. :) :) :) :)
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    Pink_Cool_Girl
    OF COURSE THEY CAN!!! TELL THAT BOY HE IS A SEXIST PIG!!!
    reply 5 days