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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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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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To: al_c
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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To: My Favorite Headache

The Steve Irwin of the skiing world.


51 posted on 03/27/2009 1:26:14 PM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

The Reality Theorem:

“Given enough time and money, man will always find a way to harm, maim, or kill himself.”


52 posted on 03/27/2009 1:26:16 PM PDT by DennisR (Look around - God gives countless, indisputable clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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To: Owl_Eagle

ADHD can be a factor also.


53 posted on 03/27/2009 1:27:24 PM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: Neoliberalnot

No. He already procreated.


54 posted on 03/27/2009 1:28:56 PM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: politicalmerc

And here I thought it was because I couldn’t afford it any more!

;^)


55 posted on 03/27/2009 1:29:34 PM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: JenB987

I saw a Tightrope walker at a state fair a few years ago. Looking at him some 100+ feet above me on a windy day, I wondered what it is like to know exactly how you are going to die, just not when.


56 posted on 03/27/2009 1:30:22 PM PDT by Never on my watch (What part of Socialism works and what part of Capitalism doesn't?)
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To: My Favorite Headache
Do you think it was the fault of socialized medicine??
57 posted on 03/27/2009 1:30:44 PM PDT by org.whodat (Auto unions bad: Machinists union good=Hypocrisy)
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To: WayneS
I quit roadracing motorcycles the year my son came along.

I know what you mean. When my daughter was born, I got off the crash recovery team. It wasn't roadracing motorcycles, but it was roping out of helicopters and working in some very dangerous places/positions.

58 posted on 03/27/2009 1:35:32 PM PDT by Tennessee_Bob (Save the Hispaniolan Solenodon!)
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To: My Favorite Headache
Extreme skiing looks like the most fun a person could ever have. Watching it blows me away. Shane was amazing. Check this out: Shane - Ski and Base Jump
59 posted on 03/27/2009 1:36:27 PM PDT by Sandy
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To: WayneS
ADHD can be a factor also.

As can Genetics:

The Fearless Gene

60 posted on 03/27/2009 1:36:32 PM PDT by Michael_Michaelangelo (The best theory is not ipso facto a good theory.)
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