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Italy's Palio di Siena horse race, bodybuilding on Venice Beach, and the Tough Guy and Gal in Auckland

This week Big Shots visits Laragne-Monteglin, France to take in the World Hang Gliding Championships, perches with the stilt fishermen in Koggalla, Sri Lanka, and hits the surf off Imbituba, Brazil for the Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro surfing event. There's also a tall ships race in Poland, the start of the Tour de France bicycle race in Monaco, and much, much more. Coming soon I'll look at track & field events around the world and take in the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. ( 34 photos total)

Tarren Otte poses during an Australian synchronised swimming portrait and training session at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre June 30 in Melbourne. (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Spanish bullfighter Jose Tomas is tossed by a bull during a bullfight at Monumental Bullring in Barcelona July 5. (REUTERS/Carlos Cazalis) #

Free Runners jump from a Lion statue during the media launch of the Barclaycard World Freerun Championships at Trafalgar Square 2 July in London. (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images for Barclaycard) #

Marshals hold back the gallery as Tiger Woods hits from the 11th fairway during the final round of the AT&T National PGA golf tournament at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland July 5. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst) #

Lleyton Hewitt falls during his quarter-final match against Andy Roddick at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships in London July 1. (REUTERS/Toby Melville) #

The Phoenix Mercury's Cappie Pondexter (left) fights for the ball with the Seattle Storm's Tanisha Wright during a WNBA basketball game July 1 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) #

A Montenegro player (left) vies with a Serbian player during a preliminary water polo match at the Mediterranean Games in Pescara July 02. (ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images) #

Albert Pujols (right) of the St. Louis Cardinals slides safely into home plate ahead of the tag by Ramon Hernandez of the Cincinnati Reds during a MLB baseball game July 4 in Cincinnati. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images) #

Participants compete in the 648th annual Kirkpinar oil wrestling tournament at the Sarayici Arena in Edirne, Turkey July 5. (REUTERS/Murad Sezer) #

Esther Schouten (left) lands a punch during her WIBF world championship title fight against Bettina Voelker in Langenhagen, Germany July 3. (AP Photo/Fabian Bimmer) #

Women attend the 75th annual 4th of July Muscle Beach Competition in Venice Beach, Calif. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images) #

A team competes in the "Wohnwelt Pallen Marathon" event at the CHIO World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany July 4. (CLEMENS BILAN/AFP/Getty Images) #

Sandra Wallenhorst celebrates after winning the Ironman triathlon in Frankfurt July 5. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach) #

The tall ship Sorlandet crew from Norway stand as they sail during a parade prior to the start of the Tall Ships Race 2009 in the Baltic port of Gdynia, Poland July 5. 105 ships from 16 countries are competing in the race. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz) #

Fishermen sit atop stilts embedded into an inlet in Koggala, Sri Lanka July 5. Stilt fishing is a traditional means of earning a livelihood and each stilt is a prized possession handed down from generation to generation. (REUTERS/Vivek Prakash) #

Dancers perform at the opening ceremony of the 25th Universiade July 1 in Belgrade. The 25th world student games opened in Serbia, the biggest sporting event ever held in the Balkan state, with more than 8,500 athletes from 140 countries taking part. (ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images) #

Giuseppe Zedde, the jockey of the "Tartuca Contrada" (Tartuca neighborhood), leads the traditional "Palio di Siena" horse race, which dates to the 13th century, in Siena, Italy July 2. (AP Photo/Paolo Lazzeroni) #

Denis Lynch falls with his horse "Lantinus" during the CHIO World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany July 2. (CLEMENS BILAN/AFP/Getty Images) #

2007 Tour de France winner Alberto Contador concentrates before competing July 4 in the 15 km individual time-trial and first stage of the 2009 Tour de France cycling race in Monaco. (LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images) #

Riders and horses of the Lipizzan ballet of the Spanish Riding School train in the riding hall of the Imperial Palace in Vienna June 25.The school has existed for over 430 years. The hall was outfitted between 1729 and 1735 to provide aristocratic youths with riding instruction. (JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images) #

A windsurfer sails during the Blue Ribbon Regatta on Lake Balaton near Balatonfured, Hungary July 3. (REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh) #

Zac Majors competes during the 17th FAI World Hang Gliding Championships June 30 in Laragne-Monteglin, France. (Michael Steele/Getty Images) #

Surfer Jordy Smith does a bomb dismount during his Round 2 heat June 28 in Imbituba, Brazil during the Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro at Vila Beach. (Kelly Cestari/ASP/CI via Getty Images) #

A Velez Sarsfield's fan, hit by water sprayed by firefighters, celebrates at the end of the Argentinean league soccer final game between Velez Sarsfield and Huracan in Buenos Aires July 5. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko) #

The Portland Timbers Army cheers amid smoke bombs after the Timbers scored their first goal against the Seattle Sounders FC in a U.S. Open Cup soccer match July 1 in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/The Oregonian/Thomas Boyd) #

A competitor crawls through the mud in the barb wire challenge during the Tough Guy and Gal multisport race at Ti Papa Equestrian And Special Events Centre July 5 in Auckland. (Sandra Mu/Getty Images) #

Tunisia's Oussama Mellouli swims on his way to win the men's 1,500 meter freestyle final at the Mediterranean Games in Pescara, Italy July 1. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino) #

Kertus Davis climbs out of his car after it catches fire during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona International Speedway July 3 in Daytona Beach. (John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR) #

Kyle Busch hits the wall after crashing with Tony Stewart heading to the finish line in the Coke Zero 400 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach July 4. (AP Photo/Glenn Smith) #

Jason Berken of the Baltimore Orioles throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim July 4 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) #

Pakistan's Mohammad Yousuf grimaces after missing a shot during the second day of their first test cricket match against Sri Lanka in Galle July 5. (REUTERS/Vivek Prakash) #

Dinara Safina reacts during the women's singles quarter final match against Sabine Lisicki at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships June 30 in London. (Hamish Blair/Getty Images) #

Suzann Pettersen gets a close look at the eighth green in the first round at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic golf tournament July 2 in Sylvania, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) #

A toad peers into the tarpaulin covering the pitch at the end of the one-day international match between India and the West Indies at Beausejour Cricket Ground in Gros-Islet, St. Lucia July 5. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton) #


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