Mercer breaks snowmobile jump record


— Canadian Ross Mercer appears to have accomplished his goal of breaking the world record for the longest snowmobile distance jump.

Mercer, who accomplished the feat earlier this week at a private Routt County ranch known among snowmobilers as "The Compound," jumped 260 feet on his 2007 Ski-Doo sled. The previous record was 250 feet.

Mercer's jump was verified by Landmark Consultants, and the attempt has been filed with Guinness World Records, according to a news release on the Canadian News Wire.

The record jump was the result of months of planning and collaboration with Red Bull Canada, Mercer's sponsor.

Coach to thank former athletes with geodes

For the past 15 years, Richard Atkinson has volunteered his time to teaching local children the basics of wrestling, soccer, hockey and baseball.

These days, Atkinson is stepping back from coaching, but he plans to continue in his role as the president of the Yampa Valley Wrestling Club. On Saturday, Atkinson wants to recognize the athletes and other children in community with whom he has worked during the years by giving them free geodes. Atkinson will hand out the geodes and "pop them open" beginning at 3 p.m. at the Artists' Gallery of Steamboat, 1009 Lincoln Ave. When geodes are split in half, they often reveal a hollow cavity filled with crystals.

Atkinson has coached Peewee wrestling since 1992, and he was involved with the termites hockey program and several girls youth hockey programs. Atkinson also worked with the Hands on Children's Museum.

In addition to the free geodes for former athletes, Atkinson will have a few on hand to sell. He said he wants to donate a percentage of the proceeds from those sold to anyone who wants to pursue a children's museum in Steamboat.

Mavericks holding Superpipe Challenge

The sixth annual Mavericks Superpipe Challenge returns to Steamboat on Saturday with men's and women's snowboard superpipe and men's and women's skier superpipe events.

The competition is open with registration at 8 a.m. Saturday in the Loft at the base of Steamboat Ski Area. The cost for the event is $15.

From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., the terrain park will be open for practice runs. The event begins at 11 a.m. The awards ceremony starts at 2:30 p.m. in Gondola Square.


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