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Extreme Skier Shane McConkey Dies in Base Jumping Accident
Fox News ^ | 3-27-2009

Posted on 03/27/2009 1:01:01 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache

Friday, March 27, 2009

Print ShareThisCanadian extreme skier and base jumper, Shane McConkey, died Thursday following a ski-base accident that ocurred while filming his latest movie in Italy, the Inquisitr reported.

McConkey, 39, experienced problems in the air after jumping off of a cliff in the expectation that he would be able to detach his skis and deploy his parachute, thus enabling him to glide safely to the ground, according to the Inquisitr.

According to a witness, one of McConkey's skis failed to detach causing him to spin out of control and ultimately prevented him from deploying his parachute, the Inquisitr reported.

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1 posted on 03/27/2009 1:01:02 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
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To: My Favorite Headache

“3½-year-old daughter Ayla”


2 posted on 03/27/2009 1:02:56 PM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out
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To: My Favorite Headache

3 posted on 03/27/2009 1:03:34 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (An oath to a liar is no oath at all)
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To: My Favorite Headache

bummer


4 posted on 03/27/2009 1:03:35 PM PDT by peace with honor
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To: My Favorite Headache

Check out the equipment man. Jessica would!


5 posted on 03/27/2009 1:03:39 PM PDT by rocksblues (Sarah and Joe, Real Americans!)
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To: chuck_the_tv_out

Sad.


6 posted on 03/27/2009 1:04:48 PM PDT by BenLurkin (And oh, Hey! I've been travelin' on this road too long)
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To: peace with honor
Dude had BALLS of steel.
7 posted on 03/27/2009 1:04:49 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (An oath to a liar is no oath at all)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Sad, but if you play with fire, eventually you’ll get burned.


8 posted on 03/27/2009 1:04:59 PM PDT by JenB987
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To: My Favorite Headache

I guess that’s what extreme stupidity sometimes brings. RIP


9 posted on 03/27/2009 1:05:13 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: chuck_the_tv_out
“3½-year-old daughter Ayla”

That alone would make me think twice before attempting any life-threatening stunts.

10 posted on 03/27/2009 1:05:15 PM PDT by al_c (Avoid the consequences of erudite vernacular utilized irrespective of necessity)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Very sad for his family ... but it seems like it would more newsworthy if he HADN’T died.


11 posted on 03/27/2009 1:05:20 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("Never offend people with style when you can offend them with substance." ~Sam Brown)
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To: My Favorite Headache
"...expectation that he would be able to detach his skis and deploy his parachute, thus enabling him to glide safely to the ground...

Yet again, another example of Darwinian evolution unfolding right before our very eyes.

12 posted on 03/27/2009 1:06:14 PM PDT by Big_Monkey
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To: My Favorite Headache
Taking the plunge with Shane McConkey


13 posted on 03/27/2009 1:07:20 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Only after disaster can we be resurrected." -- Tyler Durden)
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To: My Favorite Headache

A few years ago I was supposd to produce a TV special for NBC on Extreme Sports. I contacted the agents of all the most famous extreme athletes I knew about and every single one of them was dead. The special was ditched.


14 posted on 03/27/2009 1:08:01 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: rocksblues

Don’t follow. Why would not being able to detach his skies, effect his ability to deploy his parachute?


15 posted on 03/27/2009 1:08:17 PM PDT by AxelPaulsenJr (Please God Save The United States From The Democrats, and Barack Hussein Obama. Amen.)
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To: al_c

Yup.

I quit roadracing motorcycles the year my son came along.

But, WOW, do I ever miss it!!


16 posted on 03/27/2009 1:08:34 PM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: chuck_the_tv_out

His choice to engage in extremely high risk activities.

Very sad for his little girl.


17 posted on 03/27/2009 1:08:35 PM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: My Favorite Headache
Prayers up.

Here's a video of him ski-base-ing off of a building. It was a successful jump. You can see the skis detach.
18 posted on 03/27/2009 1:09:13 PM PDT by mysterio
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To: AxelPaulsenJr

I agree. There almost has to be more to it. Maybe the chute got tangled in the ski?


19 posted on 03/27/2009 1:09:22 PM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: chuck_the_tv_out

The family will issue a statement that he died doing what he loved. Sad for a child to lose her daughter so young.


20 posted on 03/27/2009 1:09:49 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: rocksblues

Strike that, I just re-read the last paragraph of the article. Duh!


21 posted on 03/27/2009 1:10:00 PM PDT by AxelPaulsenJr (Please God Save The United States From The Democrats, and Barack Hussein Obama. Amen.)
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To: Deb


It's the law.....
22 posted on 03/27/2009 1:10:07 PM PDT by Kozak (USA 7/4/1776 to 1/20/2009 Requiescat In Pace)
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To: AxelPaulsenJr

If he’s struggling to detach a ski, his speed of descent increases, it catches air, and he starts windmilling I would imagine.


23 posted on 03/27/2009 1:10:28 PM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: rocksblues

Please clue me in.


24 posted on 03/27/2009 1:11:27 PM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mhomaFZd0Y


25 posted on 03/27/2009 1:11:30 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (An oath to a liar is no oath at all)
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To: BenLurkin

Like Evil Knievel, dare devils face the ultimate fate may he RIP.


26 posted on 03/27/2009 1:11:53 PM PDT by boomop1
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To: My Favorite Headache
Dude had BALLS of steel.

Too bad the rest of him wasn't.

27 posted on 03/27/2009 1:12:09 PM PDT by Pistolshot (The Soap-box, The Ballot-box, The Jury-box, And The Cartridge-Box ...we are past 2 of them.)
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To: My Favorite Headache
How sad...

Extreme Sports: For adrenaline junkies who will be killed by their addiction.

28 posted on 03/27/2009 1:13:18 PM PDT by TChris (There is no freedom without the possibility of failure.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

A nomination for the Darwin Award.


29 posted on 03/27/2009 1:13:48 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Kozak

Amen, brother.


30 posted on 03/27/2009 1:14:27 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: My Favorite Headache

As Norm MacDonald said long ago....

At that level you are either “world class champion”

Or “stuff on a cliff”.

This guy went swiftly from being one to the other.


31 posted on 03/27/2009 1:14:42 PM PDT by allmendream ("Wealth is EARNED not distributed, so how could it be redistributed?")
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To: My Favorite Headache

Splat!


32 posted on 03/27/2009 1:15:15 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: Deb

Occasionally we’ll tune into motocross shows and what-not because my husband used to race. We watched some stupid show on MTV with Travis Pastrana called Nitro Circus where all they do is base jump off buildings and canyons and try to back flip trucks, bikes or lawn mowers. Extreme sports and adrenaline junkies desperately begging for some attention and an early grave.

It’s not even entertaining, and that’s coming from someone who really enjoys ATV’s and motorcross.


33 posted on 03/27/2009 1:15:17 PM PDT by JenB987
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To: My Favorite Headache

Is he up for the Darwin award?


34 posted on 03/27/2009 1:15:18 PM PDT by Neoliberalnot ((Freedom's Precious Metals: Gold, Silver and Lead))
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To: Deb

Evil Kneival made it.


35 posted on 03/27/2009 1:15:29 PM PDT by Woebama (Paying for my neighbor's mortgage and Wall Street's bonuses sure is hard.)
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To: My Favorite Headache
I wouldn't try that if you paid me a million dollars.
36 posted on 03/27/2009 1:16:17 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Only after disaster can we be resurrected." -- Tyler Durden)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Hopefully the Italian authorities will charge his family for recovery efforts.


37 posted on 03/27/2009 1:16:51 PM PDT by Electric Graffiti (In Guns We Trust)
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To: My Favorite Headache

I’m not sure that the word “accident” quite fits a death resulting from purposefully skiing off of a cliff.


38 posted on 03/27/2009 1:17:26 PM PDT by SampleMan (Socialism and Liberty are mutually exclusive.)
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To: Electric Graffiti

Oh come on, how much can spatulas cost?


39 posted on 03/27/2009 1:17:41 PM PDT by AxelPaulsenJr (Please God Save The United States From The Democrats, and Barack Hussein Obama. Amen.)
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To: My Favorite Headache
As I tell my kids: Always ask yourself "What could go wrong?"

As an example: Your expectation that you would be able to detach your skis and deploy your parachute, thus enabling you to glide safely to the ground.

This expectation could turn out to be faulty. So, what's your Plan B? What? You don't have a Plan B?

40 posted on 03/27/2009 1:18:47 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (American Revolution II -- overdue)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Does this mean we can go back to the days were my deoderant wasn’t EXTREME!!!! What about potato chips and toothpaste, do they have to be EXTREME!!! still?

I don’t need 5 blades on my EXTREME!!! razor either.


41 posted on 03/27/2009 1:18:57 PM PDT by The Toll
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To: My Favorite Headache

I thought Red Bull gives you wings.


42 posted on 03/27/2009 1:19:55 PM PDT by Cooter
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
A nomination for the Darwin Award.

He is ineligible as he has already passed on his genes to an offspring.

43 posted on 03/27/2009 1:20:09 PM PDT by So Cal Rocket (I am John Galt...)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Watching the video, it doesn’t appear that he detaches his skis before parachute deployment on other jumps he has made. Must have been a new process.


44 posted on 03/27/2009 1:21:00 PM PDT by DallasDeb (USAFA '06 Mom)
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To: My Favorite Headache

He was addicted to chemical substances...the ones known as adrenalin and endorphin.


45 posted on 03/27/2009 1:21:46 PM PDT by Petronski (For the next few years, Gethsemane will not be marginal. We will know that garden. -- Cdl. Stafford)
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That alone would make me think twice before attempting any life-threatening stunts.

Makes you wonder why he didn't.

Either extreme stupidity or overwhelming narcissism.

Probably both.

46 posted on 03/27/2009 1:22:04 PM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Steal gonads? Nope. It’s love of pleasure—hedonism.

I don’t mean to cruel, but those who practice extreme sports do NOT exercise courage in the real sense of the word.

Real courage is based on love of others...so much so you are willing risk and give up your life for them.

Extreme sports types risk everything, simply for a feeling—and that is sad.


47 posted on 03/27/2009 1:24:24 PM PDT by AnalogReigns
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To: The Toll
I opened a jar of that extreme peanut butter and it was nothing but peanuts. Oooh, this is radical! --Jim Gaffigan
48 posted on 03/27/2009 1:24:43 PM PDT by Petronski (For the next few years, Gethsemane will not be marginal. We will know that garden. -- Cdl. Stafford)
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To: WayneS
Yup.

I quit roadracing motorcycles the year my son came along.

But, WOW, do I ever miss it!!
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Even if you don't know it, you quit because your son would miss you more. I love risk. I would do all those things, but it would be selfish of us to do so. My children deserve a father. We aren't luxuries to them.

I hate he died, but I wish he had loved his child more than his extreme sports high.

49 posted on 03/27/2009 1:25:39 PM PDT by politicalmerc (NObama: more arrogant than Bill Clinton, more naive than Jimmy Carter, and more liberal than LBJ.)
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To: The Toll

I feel the same way about serving portions in restaurants...I don’t need/want 8 lbs of frenchfries, no matter how tasty they might be. I’d like a modest portion to eat, not a trough to feed at.


50 posted on 03/27/2009 1:26:06 PM PDT by delphirogatio (I am the indication, not the confirmation; I'm the inclination, the determination)
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