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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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    rose20
    rose20 posted in Basketball:
    i would go with basketball i been playing basketball since i was 3yrs old and now im 12
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    LUCYQWERTY123
    well in my opinion i think its a sport cause its more of gymnastic and gymnastics is a sport so yeah :D :punk :nerd :nerd :nerd :punk :punk :punk
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    1PhanTrash
    It's definitely an American thing - here in Australia we have like no Cheerleaders or Cheerleading groups. I think it's a sport but I'm not really into it. I think any girls or boys can do it. :3
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    1PhanTrash
    "Dubadins" wrote: I have never been a cheerleader but I think it is a sport because it is very active and a lot of difficult looking moves. I agree
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    Wolf74
    Wolf74 posted in Dance:
    use to like ballet and now gymnastics cause ballet does't suit me
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