20 Breathtaking Facts About Extreme Sports & Athletes

1Ricardo Peña

A mountaineer named Ricardo Peña found a wallet in the Andes mountain range. It was swung out of a plane, which crashed in 1972. Realizing the owner of the wallet (Eduardo Strauch) was one of the 16 survivors, he returned it to him, 32 years later.


2Dyatlov Pass incident

In 1959, 9 experienced Russian hikers who were trying to cross the Dyatlov Pass mysteriously died in the freezing Ural Mountains after fleeing their tent. Most were in their underwear, 1 had a fractured skull and another had tongue and eyes missing. The circumstances around their death remain a mystery to this day.


3Erin Langworthy

While Erin Langworthy was bungee jumping 360 feet above the Zambezi river, the cord broke and she was forced to swim the raging waters with her feet tied together, at one point diving to free the rope from debris.


4Babu Sunuwar and Lakpa Tsering Sherpa

In 2011, two Nepali men named Babu Sunuwar and Lakpa Tsering Sherpa climbed Mount Everest and then proceeded to paraglide off of the summit, landing 35 km away. They then hiked and kayaked to the Bay of Bengal, winning the pair National Geographic Adventurers of the Year.


5Geraldine Largay

A 66-year-old hiker named Geraldine Largay became lost on the Appalachian Trail, kept a journal documenting her 26-day ordeal before succumbing to lack of food and exposure. She got lost when she left the trail to go to the bathroom. In one entry, she pleaded “When you find my body, please call my husband and daughter.”


6Maximum G's

The most G force a person has survived was in the 2003 Chevy 500 when the car driven by Kenny Bräck made contact with Tomas Scheckter's car. This immediately resulted in Bräck's car impacting the catch fence that would record a peak of 214 g meaning he weighed 30000 lbs for a few seconds.


7Rainer Schimpf

A man named Rainer Schimpf was snorkeling off the coast of South Africa when an enormous Bryde's whale scooped him up in his mouth headfirst. The man felt pressure on his body but soon realized he was too big for the whale to swallow him whole which was "kind of an instant relief." The whale spat him out unharmed.


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8William Dean Sullivan

A man named William Dean Sullivan attempted to board a cruise ship by bungee jumping off a bridge as it sailed below. He miscalculated the speed and suffered minor head injuries when he bounced off the ship’s tennis court, volleyball net, and a deck railing before being left dangling in mid-air as the ship sailed away.


9Oscar Speck

A man named Oscar Speck kayaked from Germany to Australia between 1932-1939 only to arrive and be detained as a Prisoner Of War due to the outbreak of World War 2.


10Cyclists

Professional cyclists pee while cycling to save time, but are fined, if it is in front of spectators or cameras.

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