Pro skier Dave Treadway dies after 100-foot plunge into crevasse

By Cindy Boren | The Washington Post

Canadian professional freeskier Dave Treadway was killed Monday when he fell about 100 feet into a crevasse while skiing in the backcountry with a group of people in the mountains just north of Whistler, British Columbia.

Treadway, 34, died near Rhododendron Mountain, about 10 miles from where he lived in Pemberton, British Columbia, and 17 miles from Whistler. His death was announced on his website in a statement that called him “an incredible skier and a monumental human.”

Pemberton District Search and Rescue responded to an emergency call with a medical and extraction team, but was unable to save Treadway. “The extraction from the crevasse was a very technical operation for the team,” SAR Manager David MacKenzie said. “A second team from Whistler SAR was dispatched to provide assistance to the Pemberton team.”

Pulling Treadway from the crevasse took about an hour, according to Outside, and involved a 12-minute flight, a safety assessment and the construction of a rigging system involving 14 responders. MacKenzie noted that temperatures were nearing 60 degrees Monday and indicated that the crevasse could have been obscured by a snow bridge, typically formed by a snow drift, that was weakened by the sun and warmth.

“It was just an unfortunate incident going through unknown terrain,” MacKenzie told Pique. “There are crevasses all over the backcountry and in the glacial area. Various ones may have an ice bridge over them or something, and some of them can be sight unseen.”

Earlier this month, Treadway had written on Facebook that he was undeterred by the warming temperatures.

“Don’t let a bit of warm weather trick you into hanging up your skis. Fine, go for a peddle if you’re really that excited about it. But the snow’s great up high right now, the crowds are thin, and the days …read more

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49ers schedule: Let’s jump to 10 conclusions

SANTA CLARA — It’s far too early to predict a 49ers record — OK, 9-7 — just as it is far too fetched to read into Wednesday’s release of their schedule. Let’s do it anyway and jump to these 10 conclusions:

1. First-half flip. Five road trips in their first eight games should not seem inviting. Must we remind you the 49ers’ record at the halfway point of Kyle Shanahan’s previous two seasons as coach: 0-8 and 1-7. We’ll see if the 49ers have the road chops to get it done right away with winnable games at Tampa Bay and Cincinnati. Visiting the Rams before a cross-country trip to Washington is better than vice versa, and two weeks later is a visit to Arizona on Halloween (otherwise known as the holiday the 49ers officially acquired Jimmy Garoppolo in 2017).

2. Expectations. Regardless of how the schedule plays out from a where-and-when standpoint, Year 3 of the Shanahan era comes with more urgency to win. He showed players a graphic this week of his roster overhaul and how only 10 player remain since 2016. “In Year 3, that’s the big make-or-break year for everybody,” left tackle Joe Staley said entering his 13th season overall. “It’s time to produce and we all know that. We need to focus on one day at a time and not get caught up on what expectations are.”

SANTA CLARA, CA – DECEMBER 16: San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch celebrates with San Francisco 49ers’ Garrett Celek (88) after the 49ers 26-23 win against the Seattle Seahawks in overtime at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

3. Fourth quarter. The 49ers better load up on their wins early and capitalize on a three-game homestand in November (vs. Seattle, …read more

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A wrestler was forced to cut his dreadlocks before a match. His town is still looking for answers.

By Roman Stubbs | The Washington Post

BUENA VISTA, N.J. – The white councilman raised his black smartphone into the air. “I saw it on this,” Steve Martinelli sternly told the 30 or so men at the First Baptist Church. “And I was so livid.”

“I was livid too! That’s my grandson!” screamed Charles Johnson Jr., and every man who had gathered here for a Saturday morning fellowship turned quiet and looked at him. He clenched his jaw and pointed at his brow. “I could see the prejudice in his eyes.”

Charles Johnson, the grandfather of wrestler Andrew Johnson, a high school sophomore whose dreadlocks were sheared off before a wrestling match late last year, attends a men’s group at the First Baptist Church in Richland, N.J. in mid-March. ( Photo for The Washington Post by Mark Makela)

It had been nearly two months since Johnson’s grandson, a 16-year-old African American wrestler named Andrew Johnson, was given an ultimatum by a white referee before a match: Your hair covering doesn’t conform to the rule book, so cut your dreadlocks or forfeit. Soon a viral video of a white female trainer cutting off Johnson’s hair transformed the teenager into a new symbol of racial tension in America.

Inside this little wood-paneled break room in the back of the church, where a cook sizzled eggs and grits, the group of men from Buena Vista tried to unspool the same tension that had wracked towns such as Baraboo, Wisconsin, and Apex, North Carolina, and Park Hills, Kentucky, where racially charged viral moments drew the attention of a divided nation. Maybe more so than in those places, this small community is nowhere close to closure months later.

School administrators have gone silent. Multiple investigations have been launched, including a civil rights probe, and Johnson himself has not spoken publicly …read more

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Kevin Durant, Draymond Green take ownership of their turnover issues

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OAKLAND – Steve Kerr might want to scream a vulgarity whenever he disagrees with an officials’ call. The Warriors’ coach might want to break a clipboard when he becomes upset with his players’ effort.

There is something else, though, that makes the normally calm and compassionate Kerr go into a rage. He goes ballistic whenever he sees his team commit silly turnovers.

“We had just done all of that work down there and we’re going to come down and throw an alley oop down the backboard? You can’t do that,” Kerr asked rhetorically. “That’s what I have to constantly enforce because the way we play we walk that line. The chaos is good. But at times it can bite us.”

It did not bite the Warriors when they cemented a Game 1 win over the Clippers despite committing 21 turnovers. It did bite the Warriors when they squandered a 31-point lead in Game 2 after also recording 22 turnovers. So when the Kerr had a detailed film breakdown on Wednesday to prepare for Game 3 on Thursday in Los Angeles, plenty of those sequences featured the Warriors essentially handling the ball to the Clippers.

The clips mostly showed Durant, who had more turnovers (nine) than he did field-goal attempts (eight). Draymond made the second most cameos with six turnovers.

“I got to stop turning the ball over,” said Green, who also had four turnovers in Game 1. “That [stuff] is unacceptable.”

Kerr has always considered this habit unacceptable. He harps on it all the time during the regular season. Sometimes the Warriors listen. Sometimes they don’t. On one hand, the Warriors are aware that regular-season habits turn into postseason …read more

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