First-mate Stein Simenstad steers a zodiac to shore carrying skiers Philip Tavell (L) and Aurￃﾩlien Ducroz. The skiers were embarked on a ski-sailing expedition in Svalbard, Norway, where they and a small group of other athletes climbed and skied numerous first-descents around the archipelago, which lies a mere 600 miles from the North Pole.
The State Arm Wrestling Championships brought out some of the best the sport has to offer. In this overhead view, Rob Vigeant Jr., left, takes down the tattooed arm of Leo Maxwell, right, while an official gets in close to judge the action. The event was held at Michael's Bridge Diner in Lancaster. Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
Swiss World Cup ski racer Didier Cuche rounds a gate during the Giant Slalom race at Beaver Creek, Colorado. The early morning sun rose bright behind skiers as they made their way down the famed Birds of Prey track.
Semi-Self Portrait: the feet and legs of photographer Alex Witkowicz wrap around the mast of the Arctica II - a steel hull ship that was stuck in an ice flow a mere 600 miles from the North Pole in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. Below are skiers Aurￃﾩlien Ducroz, Philip Tavell and Andrew Eisenstark; the group was part of a ski-sailing expedition, making numerous first descents on anonymous peaks.