Paddle Happy

The first rule of pingpong club: There is no pingpong club—because no one calls it that (not serious players, anyway). But there is the Colorado Table Tennis Inter-Club League, a Front Range–based organization that serves its first matches this month. Headed by Denver Table Tennis Alliance founder and instructor Angelo Gandullia, the league (which also encompasses clubs from Fort Collins, Longmont, and Glendale) features one division made up of three-player teams. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the sport in action at 5280.com/tabletennis.

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15 Minutes With…Colorado Super-Athlete Ben Clark

In 2002, at the age of 23, when most of us are still trying to find our first real job, Ben Clark hit a career high, both literally and figuratively, by becoming the youngest American to summit Mount Everest. He spent the next 10 years pioneering routes in Himalaya. Today Clark lives in Telluride, with his two-year-old son, Charlie, and looks for new challenges, like his next one: Nolan’s 14.

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What To Know Before Pedaling Through Denver

It seems there’s no stopping Denver’s evolution into a strong bicycle community and bike-friendly city. With benefits like less-congested roads, cleaner air, and more exercise, we’re not complaining. This summer is the perfect time to commit to pedaling, but here are some things to know first.

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Athlete to Watch: Madelynn Gorman-Shore

Normally, people don’t get pedicures to destroy them right away, but that’s exactly what 15-year-old Madelynn Gorman-Shore plans to do. The taekwondo athlete asked her pedicurist to paint a stylized white “TRT” on her big toe over a black base color, to honor the Littleton studio where she trains. Gorman-Shore hopes to compete hard enough to scratch the logo off, even if it leaves her toes bloodied and bruised in the process. Just an inch short of six feet, this towering teen is about to compete on the biggest stage of her young career: the Junior World Taekwondo Championships in Chinese Taipei (March 23–26) as a member of Team USA.

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Super Bowl: What to Know If You Haven’t Watched a Broncos Game All Year

Just because you live in Colorado doesn’t mean you know squat about football (or care). But the collective Super Bowl spirit is contagious. If all the excitement has you wanting to jump on the Broncos’ bandwagon, you should probably brush up on the basics before tomorrow’s game. Here, a crash course to expedite you to a Super Bowl XLVIII conversationalist.

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Tweet That: Who to Follow on Twitter During the Super Bowl

If you are watching the Super Bowl from the comfort of your home, but still want a mass fan experience, you need to have Twitter open during the game. During last year’s Super Bowl, Twitter broke its own record for most tweets sent per second (a record which has since been broken). For Broncos fans looking for instant reaction during Super Bowl XLVIII, follow this list of people who are also obsessed with 140-character morsels of knowledge.

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