Extreme Sports

Extreme Sports : Essay
A dogsled team pull their musher through a frozen tundra.

Dogsled racing across a frozen ocean

What fuels a dogsled race across the Russian tundra? Booze, anger, and desire

Extreme Sports : Best Video
Skateboarder Ryan Sheckler prepares to do a trick and set off his section of Red Bull's bizarre "Kluge".

The Athlete Machine: Watch video of Red Bull's bizarre Rube Goldberg stunt

Still basking in the glow of Felix Baumgartner's death-defying freefall, the energy drink company unites several extreme athletes for an overly elaborate stunt

Extreme Sports : Analysis
Try to keep your lunch down: This helmet-camera footage of Felix Baumgartner's space jump is dizzying.

Watch: The helmet-cam footage of Felix Baumgartner's space jump

See what the 43-year-old daredevil saw while plummeting toward Earth at more than 800 mph

Extreme Sports : By the numbers
It took five years to plan Felix Baumgartner's Red Bull Stratos mission, and just 10 minutes for it to actually happen.

Felix Baumgartner's jump from space: By the numbers

The Red Bull Stratos mission reached its thrilling conclusion Sunday when the Austrian daredevil broke the sound barrier... with his own body

Extreme Sports : Slideshow
Felix Baumgartner stunts

Felix Baumgartner's 7 most death-defying stunts

The Austrian became the first person to break the sound barrier in free fall on his 24-mile jump from orbit — and that's just the most recent crazy thing he's done

Extreme Sports : Live Feed
Felix Baumgartner on his way to his space capsule during a test flight on March 15.

WATCH LIVE: Daredevil Felix Baumgartner jumps from the edge of space

After months of meticulous preparation, the Red Bull Stratos mission is finally here

Extreme Sports : Photos
History's greatest daredevils: A slideshow

History's greatest daredevils: A slideshow

An Austrian skydiver is preparing to fall from space, continuing a long tradition of insane bravery that includes somersaulting cars and vertiginous tightrope-walking

Extreme Sports : Opinion Brief
Don't look down: Texas daredevil Faith Dickey walks across a rope strung between two big rigs as they barrel down a Croatian highway at 80 miles an hour.

The death-defying tightrope walk between two moving trucks

In a gripping video, a champion daredevil struggles to cross the gap before the rigs speed into separate tunnels — snapping the tightrope

Extreme Sports : Opinion Brief
Philippe Croizon just became the first limbless person to swim the 2.5-mile distance between Alaska and Russia.

The limbless man who swam from the U.S. to Russia

French quadruple amputee Philippe Croizon makes an improbable journey to send the world an important message

Extreme Sports : Instant Guide
Lawrence Bishop snapped this picture before embarking on an unexpectedly treacherous hike that would trap him on a sheer rock face for more than two full days.

The hiker rescued after being stuck for two days at 10,000 feet

In a compelling video, Lawrence Bishop tells the tale of being trapped on a narrow mountain edge for 52 hours — and reads the goodbye note he wrote to his family

Extreme Sports : Fact Sheet
Extreme sportsman Felix Baumgartner jumps from a helicopter over Sweden in 2006: The 43-year-old daredevil will attempt to be the first person to reach the speed of sound without a plane.

The man who wants to freefall from space

Austria's Felix Baumgartner will become the first human to break the sound barrier if he successfully completes a 23-mile jump from a helium balloon

Extreme Sports : Analysis
Illuminated by huge production lights, Nik Wallenda crosses Niagara Falls on a two-inch-wide wire suspended 200 feet above the churning water.

The 'unbelievably insane' tightrope walker who crossed Niagara Falls

The scion of one of America's most famous acrobatic families, the Flying Wallendas, accomplishes a lifelong dream — and makes history

Extreme Sports : Essay
Cheryl Strayed's treacherous 1,100-mile journey along the Pacific Crest Trail is described in her new book Wild, which Oprah Winfrey has selected for her Oprah's Book Club 2.0.

Lost in the great alone: A hiker's quest on the Pacific Crest Trail

Bloodied, terrified, and exhausted, I was two days into a 1,100-mile hike, says Cheryl Strayed, and ready to quit

Extreme Sports : Opinion Brief
Laverne Everett, 80, is apparently one of the lucky ones: She survived a terrifying skydiving experience, while eight people have died during jumps with the Parachute Center in the last 10 years.

An 80-year-old woman's 'skydiving trip from hell'

A California grandmother treats herself to a parachute jump to celebrate a landmark birthday ... and gets more of a thrill than she bargained for

Extreme Sports : Opinion Brief
British stuntman Gary Connery plummets toward the ground at 80 miles an hour, wearing only a winged suit.

The man who skydived without a parachute

Watch British daredevil Gary Connery jump nearly half a mile from a helicopter, with only a winged suit to slow his 80-mile-per-hour free-fall

Extreme Sports : By the numbers
A group of climbers on Mount Everest's summit: Thousands of people have made it to the top of the world's tallest mountain, but hundreds have died trying.

The deadly odds of climbing Mount Everest: By the numbers

Four climbers were killed over the weekend, raising the towering peak's death toll to 225. And still, 200 more climbers are preparing to challenge Everest this weekend

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