Outside Magazine and the Outdoor Life Network (OLN) recently joined forces to put together a number of lists ranking various outdoor topics. As anyone who got sucked into OLN programming after watching daily coverage of the Tour De France knows, Carl Swenson was named as the #8 'Bad Boy of the Outdoors.' But if you dropped your OLN subscription after the Tour (like I promised my wife I would do), you might not know that Jeannie Wall, 2002 American Birkebeiner Champion also claimed #8 on the 'Top Ten Adventure Goddesses' list.
On the men's side, two of the U.S. Ski Team’s most prominent and successful athletes made the list: Carl Swenson (cross country) and Bode Miller (alpine). Hosted by outdoor adventurer Tyler Harcott, the program provided the ultimate guide and gripping footage into the lives of some of the very best action and adventure athletes.
Adventure goddess Jeannie Wall
While Swenson's ranking was widely reported in the ski world press, fewer have noticed the nordic skier on the women's list. Jeannie Wall, like Swenson, claimed the #8 spot. Wall won the 2002 American Birkebeiner and had numerous top finishes at marathon ski races across the country. But Outside and OLN recognized her not just for her skiing, but for her wide array of endurance passions. She is also a champion randonnÃ©e skier, adventure racer, and mountain runner, to name a few. A self-described 'endurance junkie,' Wall is always pushing the limits, leading Outside to call her “the energizer bunny.”
For more on Jeannie Wall, see this article in Outside:
Source: US Ski Team, Outside magazine, Outdoor Life Network
Editor's Note: Having beaten both Swenson and Bode Miller at their own game at least once, the author can't figure out why he was left off the list. He expects a call from Outside anyday now…