Jed Mildon made sporting history Saturday, becoming the first BMX rider to land a triple back flip.
"This is the perfect result to three intensive months of practicing and training for this moment," said Mildon, 24, who completed the stunt at the Unit T3 Mindtricks BMX Jam, an exhibition event in Mildon's hometown of Taupo, New Zealand.
Among the estimated 2,000 spectators was a Guinness World Records representative, on hand to witness and certify the groundbreaking stunt.
"The impact and implications hasn’t sunken in yet, but I’m so pumped to have aimed for something once deemed impossible and made my dream a reality," Mildon said. "Once I was in the air, it felt like time stood still and I could see each rotation perfectly.
"Landing with both wheels on the down ramp was the most amazing feeling in the world!”
A woman in Spokane, Wash., claims to have caught images of Bigfoot while out on a hike with friends in Downriver Park, on the western perimeter of Spokane.
The woman, identified only as Samantha, said on the YouTube video posted last week that, "while hiking, we accidentally caught an image of Bigfoot walking through the woods. I didn't even notice until I got home and saw it on the computer!" The video has received more than 740,000 views thus far.
Although not calling the video a hoax, the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization says that the "Spokane figure could be a man in dark clothes" and questions the behavior of Samantha. "There may be very valid reasons for Samantha to remain anonymous, but that's not the typical pattern for authentic footage," BFRO states on its website.
The site adds that, historically, very few sightings have been reported near Spokane, with the last being in 1985 and, before that, a 1961 incident near Mount Spokane.
A sailboat participating in the Oregon International Offshore Race was struck by a breaching whale Thursday off the coast of Oregon. Thankfully, nobody aboard was injured.
The 38-foot vessel, ironically named L'Orca, was about a half-hour into the race from Astoria, Ore., to Victoria, Canada, when the whale breached and crushed the rigging and mast of the boat.
"Our boat was moving at about nine knots over the water, and all of a sudden, about a few inches, maybe a foot off the starboard side, a whale came breaching out of the water," crew member Ryan Barnes of Portland, Ore., told the U.S. Coast Guard in a videotaped interview. "It looked to be a humpback whale, about 30 feet in length roughly; it hit the mast about halfway to three-quarters of the way up, and proceeded to fall forward and on the starboard side of the boat.
"The mast came down as well as the forestay and all the rigging, and our tow rail and all our life lines on the starboard side of the boat were demolished as well."
Barnes said that the vessel did suffer some cosmetic damage in addition to the broken mast and rigging, but the crew, including his father -- boat owner Jerry Barnes -- was in the cockpit at the time and no one was injured. A U.S. Coast Guard rescue vessel responded to the scene and escorted the damaged boat and its occupants back to Astoria.
Video: Ryan Barnes describes the whale breaching and striking his father's 38-foot sailboat, the L'Orca, during the Oregon International Offshore Race. Credit: Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert / U.S. Coast Guard via YouTube
Photo: The sailing vessel L'Orca at Astoria, Ore.'s West Basin pier after having its rigging and mast demolished by a breaching whale. Credit: Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert / U.S. Coast Guard
Olivia Riley thought she had hooked a traffic cone when fishing for catfish in Troost Lake in Kansas City, Mo. She instead got the surprise of a lifetime when she pulled in a goldfish of enormous proportions.
"I don't know, it's beautiful," Riley shouted, smiling and displaying her catch to a friend's camera.
"I was really amazed," Riley told ABC affiliate KMBC-TV. "It was a beautiful fish, something to see up close."
Riley said she has several ideas on how the fish got into the lake.
"There's a lot of theories. One that he went down the old toilet bowl and ended up in the right place," Riley said. "And the one of someone not able to take care of a baby goldfish and threw him in, and he survived."
In the end, Riley decided to return the uninjured fish to the lake.
"It's a pretty high bar for the rest of the fish," she said. "I don't think I'm going to top it anytime soon. It's still out there, but maybe the next time I catch and bring him in, maybe it'll be his time to be done."