March 30, 2013

Daniel Bodin Jumps Into Record Books




Swedish snowmobiler Daniel Bodin has now added record-breaker to his list of honors.

How’s this for a rush? Bodin, who won X Games gold in January, earlier this month rode a snowmobile down a vertiginous ski jump in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. The jump carried him just short of the 70-meter (230-foot) mark, shattering the world record in the process.

Bodin and a team of experienced freestyle motocross and snowmobile riders have been planning this audacious record bid for six months and together built the kicker that catapulted him 50 feet into the air.

“What a feeling! I spent such a long time dreaming about this moment and waiting for it to finally happen,” Bodin said after the jump. "Flying is a unique sensation that is hard to describe. It was quite intimidating at the top, but straight after take-off I felt I had everything under control.”

Bodin isn't new to breaking records. In 2008 he set a new world record for the longest backflip on a snowmobile. But his most recent record-breaking feat is something else altogether.

“For years I have passed ski-jumping hills in my car, and every time I've thought that it should be possible to jump one of those with a snowmobile,” he said. “Half a year ago I felt it was time to go from thought to action and just do it.”

And so he did. Who knows what he'll do next with his trusty snowmobile?

Click here to see the record-breaking jump.







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