Australian stunt rider launches going 71 mph, drops 18 1/2 stories and jumps 374 feet; warms up by racing down the bobsled run at Utah Olympic Park
For those wondering what Robbie Maddison would do for his next trick, the answer has arrived with two stunts of Olympic proportions.
The Australian motorcycle stunt rider, known as today’s Evel Knievel, dropped in on the Utah Olympic Park in Park City and raced down the bobsled run before making a spectacular jump off the K120 Nordic Ski long jump.
Maddison, 33, launched going 71 mph, dropped 18 1/2 stories (or 185 feet, said to be a world record), and jumped a total length of 374 feet. Maddison teamed with Skullcandy and Red Bull Media House’s On Any Sunday to produce the video Drop In (the bobsled run starts at the :50 mark; the jump at 2:05):
These stunts are the latest in a long line of feats by the daredevil whose biography describes him with one word: nutter.
“He’s jumped over a football, held world records for longest distance jumped on a motorcycle (with a trick thrown in for good measure!), he jumped onto a replica of the Arc de Triomphe, then just for fun, jumped back down,” the Robbie Maddison bio says. “He back-flipped over the opened Tower Bridge in London, leapt over 300 feet across the Corinth Canal and most recently jumped close to 400 feet over the San Diego Harbor with friend Levi Lavallee on a snowmobile next to him. Starting to get the picture?”
Robbie Maddison rounds curve 11 of the bobsled run at Utah Olympic Park. Photo from Skullcandy
To be sure, Maddison is every bit as daring as Knievel.
On the 40th anniversary of Knievel’s ill-fated jump over the fountains at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on December 31, 2007, Maddison broke the world record for motorcycle jumping, travelling 322.6 feet. He has since jumped 350.98 feet.
And like Knievel, Maddison has had his share of injuries.
“In some ways, serious injuries helped me refocus on how important this whole adventure around the world is to me,” he says in his bio. “It fires me up more than ever, so it’s a blessing in disguise. Traveling the world, doing something I love, meeting the people I’ve met—it’s been a wild ride and I want to keep it going for as long as I can.”
Can’t wait to see what Robbie Maddison will do next.