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What started as an innocent after-work pastime for employees at Angel Fire Resort in New Mexico quickly expanded into a widely-loved, high-speed sport that went on to be a part of the first winter X Games in 1997. One wicked crash was all it took to take it off the roster, though. Angel Fire also ended its yearly shovel racing competitions in 2005 when liability concerns were raised, but the sport, which John Strader (an avid, long-time shovel racer) calls the “poor man’s luge,” made a triumphant comeback in 2010 when Angel Fire re-introduced their world championship competition. The last Shovel Racing World Championships just took place at the Angel Fire Resort.