Thursday, January 24, 2008

Shovel Racing Too Extreme For Extreme Games

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One extreme sport hopes to dig its way out of danger and into the Olympics.

It’s called shovel racing, where racers sit on a 100- pound shovel with the handle between their legs and slide down a steep, snowy hill in a derby-like race to the finish, often sliding at speeds of more than 70 mph.

According to “shovelmeister” John Strader – who runs the International Federation of Shovelracing – the high-speed sport has been deemed too extreme.

He says, “We were too extreme for the Extreme Games. They took shovel racing out after I had the worst injury in X Games history, but that was ESPN’s fault. They changed the course.”

Now without the X Games for competition, Strader has his eye on taking shovel racing to the Olympics, hoping that, if the sport is changed from a derby to a timed-race on a bobsled track, officials will allow it into the legendary competition.

Strader says, “I’d love to push for it, but it’s down to money. There’s no money in shovel racing. You buy a helmet and a shovel at the Home Depot. It might be too blue collar for the Olympics.”

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