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Sports for Nerds (November/December 2014)


Edward Payson Weston, the star of this month's article "The Pedestrian Hero," walked insanely long distances—for example, he once walked from Portland, Maine, to Chicago. Competitive walking was America's favorite sport in his day, so you could call Weston the Lebron James of the 1880s: a celebrity athlete of massive proportions. Who are your sports heroes today? And have you ever participated in any weird athletic competitions?

Well my family is not really with the 'modern sports' thing, so I don't really have that many idols. But one sports figure that i admire is Meb Keflezighi, the guy who won the April 21, 2014 Boston Marathon the year after a tragic bombing!! Pretty freaking courageous!! And Edward Payson Weston is really cool too. He's my NEW FAVORITE ATHLETIC IDOL! AND I JUST READ ABOUT HIM TODAY!!!!!!!!! I have lots of stamina in running and walking, too. I run a lot, not very fast, but I can run a steady pace for a LONG TIME. Like, at least half a mile. The craziest sports thing I've ever done was when my friends and I all numbed our feet with ice then saw who could run the farthest. (On rug, of course.) 


submitted by Abigail S. , age 10, Santa Monica, CA
(November 5, 2014 - 11:22 pm)

is hiking a sport? becuase i love hiking/walking

submitted by superbookworm
(November 7, 2014 - 12:10 pm)

I haven't participated in any strange sports lately, but there's a natinal arm-wrestling tournament.

submitted by John M, age 12, Annapolis, Maryland
(November 19, 2014 - 11:18 am)

Well my hero, I should say Shero are, Annie Oakley, Harriet Quimby, Gertrude
Ederle, Clara Bow, Katherine Dunham, Wilma Rudolph. Maria Tallchief is m favorite besides Amelia Earhart.


submitted by Carmen M., age 10, Ada OH.
(November 24, 2014 - 6:31 pm)

   SPORTS ARE EVILLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

submitted by DR.Evilemadsientistperson.s, age I have discovered imortalty, Evilscarymountainplace,EL
(November 25, 2014 - 11:04 am)