5. Barefoot running This really started much earlier with Zola Budd, and most likely took off in 2009, but it reached the mainstream in 2010. Vibram created its Five Fingers running skin to give athletes a little protection on the feet while still providing the barefoot feel on the ground. Proponents claim it is better on the body, and will reduce injuries in the long run.
4. Surfer Andy Irons dies suddenly While friends and family revealed that Andy had many personal struggles throughout his life, the sudden passing in the fall of 2010 shocked many. He had taken ill at a surfing contest in Puerto Rico, and subsequently withdrawn to head home to Hawaii to be with his pregnant wife. After stopping in Miami, and changing a connecting flight, he was found dead in his Dallas hotel room, November 2nd.
3. Marlin fishing team gives back top prize What looked like a tournament winning 883 pound blue marlin turns out to be a 2010 top story. The crew of the Citation fishing boat was able to land the tournament record fish during the Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament off North Carolina. However, by tournament rule all members of the team must have a fishing license, and one crew member was discovered to be lacking the needed documentation. The crew lost more than $1.2 million in prize money, $318,750 immediately for catching the tournament record blue marlin, and $912,825 for what might have been the winning fish of the tourney.
2. Ansel Adams negatives authenticated Two boxes of 65 glass negatives bought at a garage sale ten years ago were authenticated as Ansel Adams work in 2010. Many of the negatives were believed lost in a fire in 1937, but somehow survived all these years. The negatives are a representation of the work Adams was doing in and around Yosemite starting in 1919. The photographs are the start of what we think of today as conservation photography, and have been valued as high as $200 million.
1. Lindsay Vonn wins gold During the 2010 olympics Lindsay fulfills her dream and her mission and takes the gold in the downhill ski event. Sports Illustrated called her the “greatest American female skier,” I would challenge anyone to remove the gender distinction and simply call her the greatest American skier ever.
What events were the biggest for you in 2010? Please comment and let me know.
You have to believe 2011 could be just as big.
See you next year.
By: Brad Putney – Captain Brad Putney considers himself an inland waters guru, having been at the helm of everything from a ten foot inflatable to an America’s Cup yacht. In the summer the Captain works as an outfitter in Ely and is presently a sales associate at Duluth Pack in Canal Park.