Apartheid and the struggle against it have largely shaped the course of modern South African history. And in Katlehong, one of the key outposts of the anti-apartheid struggle, young South Africans continue to manifest their anger in a way you’d never expect: by train surfing. As one of the staff riders (local slang for the sport) says, train surfing offers itself as a physical release that is much less violent than robbing or beating others.
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In January 2014, Alex Honnold made the potentially fatal decision to scale Mexico’s El Sendero Luminoso (the Shining Path) without any rope. In other words, if Honnold fell while ascending 2,500 feet above the ground, he would die. Watch The North Face’s incredible footage of Honnold’s dangerous, mind boggling feat.
It’s almost unfathomable that after all the commotion and emotions packed into the Olympics have gone by the wayside, only an architectural echo of the games will remain. Given the competition, costs and sacrifices made to host the centuries-old athletic ritual in one’s city, it’s difficult to look at these dilapidated former Olympic villages without questioning the motives of Olympics hosts—and for that matter, the event’s message.
These images are a reminder of how fleeting the excitement of the Olympics is, as well as the controversy some former hosts have since endured. Even in the span of six short years, the structures created for the 2008 Beijing Olympics resemble a ghost town more than they do a $40 billion village built to house and honor the world’s most promising athletes.
Invoking the timeless charm of the 8-bit track, the Jamaican tourism board sponsored the production of “The Bobsled Song” as a way to galvanize its Olympic hopefuls. While Jamaica is trailing behind (as of Sunday they were in 30th place), the song is tops.
Philippe Pettit would have a field day. Ascending miles into the sky, a troupe of adventurous acrobats has used air balloons and a high line to create the first completely movable high line. Watch as they attempt to cross it. That is, if you can stomach it.
While we’re only halfway through the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, much has already happened—the world has picked its favorite competitors, watched horrific accidents and seen one of the most incredible opening ceremonies to date. If you’ve missed out on the action, don’t worry. Here are the top Olympic images you won’t want to miss!