Posted at October 13, 2020

Extreme Sport Athlete: Felix Baumgartner

History of Sky Diving  

Sky diving activity has its roots in the late 18th century in France. It is important to note the overall activity of sky diving started from parachuting in 1100 china (Amos). Sky diving activity has some connections to famous 18th century France Jacques Garnerin. Raymond young became the first to utilize the word Skye diver in the mid 1950’s to effectively provide description for his sport comrade.  In the 1960’s, schools and commercial diving centers started coming up. Sky diving has continued as one of the popular competitions for adventure seekers following the setting of the world record for highest parachute jumper by Joseph Kittinger. It is only Felix Baumgartner who has managed to effectively break the fiftytwo years record set by Kittinger. At any level, sky diving can be undertaken ranging from beginner and extreme dare devil (Markoff). 

Biography of Felix Baumgartner 

The extreme sport athlete chosen for this analysis is Felix Baumgartner. Baumgartner is an extreme sport athlete born in the year 1969 in the Austrian city of Salzburg. Baumgartner since his childhood was interested in sky diving and flying. He skied dived across the English Channel while utilizing a fiber wing specially made carbon and in the year 2003, he was ranked as the first individual to undertake such a sky dive (Markoff).  The lowest BASE jump ever was set by Baumgartner setting a world record. This record was made in Rio de Janeiro after jumping over twentynine meters room the hand of the Christ the Redeemer. Moreover, in 2004 in France, Baumgartner was named as the first individual to effectively BASE jump from the Millau viaduct completed. Again, in the year 2006, he became the first individual to effectively sky dive in Malmo building of Turning Torso located in the country of Sweden. 

In 2007 December in the Taipei, Taiwan, Felix Baumgartner jumped off the then-tallest completed building in the world, Taipei 101 from the 91st floor observation deck becoming the person to attain such an achievement (Amos). To effectively attempt the highest skydive on record, Baumgartner was reported coordinating with sponsors and scientists of red bull in January 2010. Also, prior to effectively opening his parachute, he reached speed approximated at 360 mph (580 km/h).  

Similarly, the second of the two planned test jumps from 96,640 ft were effectively completed in the same year July by Baumgartner. The overall jump lasted for over ninety minutes to efficiently attain the attitude target. Due to the adverse weather conditions, the main jump launch formerly scheduled for October was effectively aborted. The mission was instead taken in 2012 October following the rescheduling of the launch (Amos). 

 On this date, Baumgartner effectively after 127,852 feet landed in the eastern side of New Mexico. The 843.6 mph record speed was set by Baumgartner thus becoming the first person to effective break the outside vehicle sound barrier. After racing in the 2013 Volkswagen Polos, Baumgartner chose to enter motorsport aud. Before the race, he was involved in driver and intense sessions of physical training for purposes of getting him ready to engage in the sport. Felix has worn various accolades and awards such as Mankind Award at the 2013 Spike Guys’ Choice Awards, Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year, The Men of the Year 2012″ by Top Gear magazineBambi award in the category of “Millennium”, among others 

It can be concluded that Felix Baumgartner is one of the most popular and best performing extreme sport athlete. Even though he does not possess any real superpower, Felix is capable of doing the impossible and he is able to accomplished incredible actions. People like Felix are role models to many young children. Like a real-life superhero, Felix inspire millions of people to work hard and attain their goals and objectives. 


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