Specialization at an early age often leads to injuries, Scott Ronsenfield writes. If you want your child to be a world-class athlete—or, rather, if your kid wants to be a world-class athlete—this is the formula: multiple sports to start, then choose one by age 15.
Maybe it’s time to trade in the helmets and pads for a fleet of land sailers.
In West Texas, a parched football field spells crisis: Robert Lee High School’s typically lush, green field is bone-dry and dusty this year, on account of punishing drought. In a place where football is a religion, locals do all they can to save the sod.
Photo: Eddie Ray Roberts, superintendent of the water and waste department in Robert Lee, Texas, walks the dry bed of Lake E.V. Spence on his way to check a water pump. Each day he checks the pump, which feeds a reservoir. Credit: Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press
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Free Solo Climbers You Should Know: Alex Honnold is one of the single most gifted climbers (sans rope) in the world. Watch as he conquers both Half Dome and El Capitan.
Another climbing legend? Dean Potter. This guy masters never-before-conquered climbs and jumps. Watch as he takes the first ever base jump off Forcellino lookout near Lecco, Italy.