Thousands of people, including bombing survivors and first responders, lined the Boston Marathon finish line Saturday morning for a historic cover shoot for Sports Illustrated.
“In last year’s cover, Boylston Street was filled with destruction and chaos,” said Sports Illustrated Creative Director Chris Hercik. “We wanted to highlight the resiliency of Boston.”
Marc Fucarile, who lost a leg in the bombings, was among those who lined the finish line.
“We are strong, we bounce back no matter what,” Fucarile said.
Donna O’Connnell is a Boston resident who was planning to attend the photo shoot.
“I was here last year, I saw all the horror. Just to show that we have strength and courage, we fear nothing, I’m coming back,” she said.
Boston firefighters and police officers were among those who gathered on Boylston Street.
“It’s all about the city of Boston and their comeback. This photo is about them,” Hercik said.
Jerry Rufo, who will run his ninth consecutive Boston Marathon this year, also said he would attend.
“Not a day that goes by that I don’t think about the victims and their families and what happened. This incident brought the city together and this is just going to show how together we are and how strong we are,” he said.
By JOHN KOZIOL
Luk, who was not available for comment yesterday, was fortunate to be wearing his helmet, which Ober said probably did save his life. Luk was also lucky, Ober said, in that he slid down the slope — between 600 and 1,000 feet, by Luk’s estimate — rather than fall vertically, and also that an expected rain storm held off until he was almost to safety.
Ober said it’s unusual for Fish and Game to get called out to Great Gully, which is in King Ravine, on the north side of Mount Adams, because, “in fact, it’s pretty dangerous” to be skiing there, “and the only people who try it are those experienced in the endeavor. Patrick did tell me he’s done it three to four times in the past, so it’s not his first time doing it.”
Seemingly unable to find companions as skilled as he was on Monday, Luk, said Ober, decided to go up by himself, but he was well prepared, carrying a full pack, an ice ax, crampons, skis, boots and poles. Luk began ascending the Airline trail around 11 a.m. Monday and had hiked to an elevation of 5,200 feet before “slabbing off-trail,” said Ober, to access the top of the Great Gully. Around 4 p.m., Luk had just started skiing when the slab of ice broke away and he fell.
Unable to contact 911 and knowing that he was running out of daylight and that rain was coming, Luk realized he had to get out of the gully, Ober said. After making it to the Short Line trail, Luk was able to get back to his car at 11:37 p.m. from where he called State Police.
About an hour earlier, Ober and two other conservation officers as well as three members of the Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue Team began looking for Luk after his mother contacted authorities to say she had not heard from him.
On Tuesday afternoon, Ober said he got an e-mail from Luk saying he was home, but Ober did not provide other details of the message.
Asked whether incidents like Luk’s are common at Great Gully, Ober replied “knock on wood, no. There isn’t a whole bunch of people who (ski there) so these incidents are rare. We’ve had incidents in the past where people are ice climbing and fell but as far as skiers who are doing this, it really takes someone who is experienced and has had some sort of training to do because it is pretty dangerous.”
Accidents are also rare in Great Gully, Ober said. Few people go there because it’s also so physically demanding and requires hours of climbing in exchange for just a five- to six-minute ski run.
Luk is “very, very lucky” that he wasn’t more seriously injured, said Ober.
“This is a rare occurrence where someone is able to self-extricate,” Ober added, noting that in his nine years on the job he could not think of another similar situation.
There’s some encouraging news about former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, who is battling cancer.
His wife, Shonda, tweeted a picture of him Tuesday with the caption, “Chemo officially done. Three more days of radiations left.”
Earlier this year, the 47-year-old announced he was being treated for cancer and had undergone surgery.
Schilling has never revealed the exact nature of his illness.
Connecticut and Notre Dame may have spent too much time together in the Big East — and it apparently got annoying.
They played each other 12 times over the previous three seasons. But with Notre Dame moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference, they didn’t play this year – setting up Tuesday night’s title game between the undefeated squads. It’s the first time in the NCAA tournament that unbeaten teams have played – either the men or women.
Still, absence has not made their hearts grow fonder – especially not the coaches.
“We don’t have a relationship,” Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. “I think that (the civility) got lost. When we were in the same conference, I think there was a modicum of it, but I think after beating them and not feeling any respect from that, we lost something.”
Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma believes it’s only natural for the teams be testy having played so many times lately. Only the Irish bolting for a new conference ended the repeated showdowns.
“Once you play each other two, three, four times a year it gets pretty intense for lots of reasons,” Auriemma said. “It’s only natural. It will probably die down now that we’re not in same conference and we play each other once a year, maybe two. What was happening before wasn’t realistic, that’s not normal. It’s not healthy.”
Here are five things to know about Tuesday’s women’s title game between UConn and Notre Dame:
TITLE NINE or DOUBLE-DOWN: It’s a topic neither the Huskies nor Auriemma talk about, but possibly because it’s been so obvious since UConn won its eighth national championship a year ago. Nine is waiting along with history as the first women’s program to win that many titles. It would put Auriemma only one title shy of the 10 championships John Wooden won at UCLA. Notre Dame isn’t interested the number nine, their favorite number right now is two.
GOT HUSKIES’ NUMBER: There’s one reason why these teams don’t like each other. Well, the Irish not only have had success recently against UConn, they have dominated the Huskies lately winning seven of the last nine games between the teams. The title game will be their fourth straight NCAA tournament meeting and the first with the title on the line.
SOCIAL MEDIA: The Huskies and Irish take on their coach’s personalities on the court and on social media. UConn players stay off Twitter, under orders from Auriemma, and his rules extend even to forbidding the use of nail polish. That shocked Notre Dame senior guard Kayla McBride, who says she likes to use Twitter to engage with fans. Nail polish also isn’t an issue at Notre Dame. In fact, it’s Irish tradition to paint their fingernails green for the NCAA tournament, though some freshen their nails up more than others. “We have to wear it,” McBride said.
BLUNT COACHES: McBride has played four seasons with McGraw and also for Auriemma at USA Basketball, and she said both coaches are very honest and to the point. She said Auriemma got her attention at an early practice with what she called a “cheap shot” on how she shot the ball during a drill designed to both shoot and pass. That’s nothing. Dolson said Auriemma put a piece of paper on the floor during one of her first practices to note how high she had jumped for a rebound.
PUTTING A BODY ON UCONN: The Irish know exactly what they could have done better a year ago when they lost the national semifinal to UConn: box out for rebounds. To make sure they remembered that, McGraw had them watch that semifinal loss when this season started. The Irish have to run in practice when they don’t stake out their ground under the basket to Notre Dame standards. The Irish got 50 rebounds beating Maryland in the semifinal, and senior Ariel Braker said she thinks everyone will have a different mentality going into the title game with boxing out a top priority.