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When The Slope Isn’t Enough



We’ve shown you speedriding (AKA speedflying or ski-gliding) before. But like wingsuiting, this extreme sport just doesn’t get stale. Especially when you keep pushing the envelope like Swiss adrenalist Ueli Kestenholz, who was the first ever human to put his fingers on an Olympic snowboarding medal after winning Bronze in giant slalom at the 1998 games in Nagano. 

As you can see above, snowboarding between sticks wasn’t quite extreme enough for Herr Kestenholz. After the 2006 Winter Games, he took up free riding full-time, and filmed the multisport movie Playgravity with fellow speedrider and good friend Mathias Roten — also featured in the above video. 

In 2008, Roten died speedriding by himself in the Swiss Alps. Some believe his glider failed to properly inflate after he took off from a cliff near the 3,000-meter peak of Hockenhorn. Kestenholz and the tiny, tightly-knit community of speedflyers was devastated by his loss.

But they have continued to fly. And we can’t help but watch.

Check out Ueli Kestenholz’s website to see what he’s up to next.

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