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Daredevil skateboarder Danny Way leaps Great Wall of China
Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/9/05 | AP - Los Angeles

Posted on 07/09/2005 8:23:03 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Daredevil skateboarder Danny Way rolled down a massive ramp at nearly 50 mph and jumped across the Great Wall of China on Saturday, becoming the first person to clear the wall without motorized aid, an event sponsor said.

Way botched the landing on his first attempt but then successfully completed the jump across the 61-foot gap four times, adding 360 degree spins on his last three tries, sponsor Quiksilver, Inc. said. "I was aware of the dangers and my heart was pumping in my chest the whole time, but I managed to pull it off with the help of my team, and I'm honored to have my visions embraced by the people of China," Way said in a statement.

A crowd of several thousand people, including China's ministers of extreme sports and culture, gathered at the Ju Yong Guan Gate about a 40-minute drive from Beijing, Quiksilver's greater China marketing director Ryan Hollis said.

"It was pretty fantastic," Hollis said in an interview from Beijing. "He really has spent quite a few years even thinking about this whole idea. It's been in logistical planning for about eight months. ... It was pretty amazing today to see this happen, to see it adopted by the culture, adopted by the government."

Way's made the jump on an adaptation of the so-called mega ramp, a gigantic structure that he helped create near his home in the Southern California desert. He set a skateboard jump world record for distance (79 feet) on a mega ramp at last summer's X Games, and in 2003 set the height record of 23 1/2 feet at the desert ramp.

Event sponsor Quiksilver, based in Huntington Beach, makes skateboard apparel.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china; dannyway; daredevil; greatwall; leaps; skateboarder
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Skateboarder Danny Way, 31, from Encinitas, California, jumps the Great Wall of China at Ju Yong Guan, north of Beijing Saturday July 9, 2005. Way was attempting to break his own skateboarding records for distance (79ft/24.07m) and unaided height out of a ramp. (AP Photo /Greg Baker)


1 posted on 07/09/2005 8:23:04 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: TigerLikesRooster

pong


2 posted on 07/09/2005 8:25:07 PM PDT by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: NormsRevenge

Wow, the Chinese are really getting this capitalism thing.

They've progressed to the Bread and Circus stage already ..

Just joking lol.


3 posted on 07/09/2005 8:26:29 PM PDT by rbmillerjr
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To: NormsRevenge

I thought all skateboarders were daredevils.


4 posted on 07/09/2005 8:28:18 PM PDT by k2blader (Was it wrong to kill Terri Shiavo? YES - 83.8%. FR Opinion Poll.)
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To: NormsRevenge; mikrofon; martin_fierro
including China's ministers of extreme sports and culture

I wonder if they have a Minister of Silly Woks.

5 posted on 07/09/2005 8:28:26 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Minister of Extreme Sports???)
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To: NormsRevenge

Did he stick the landing?


6 posted on 07/09/2005 8:30:32 PM PDT by airborne
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To: NormsRevenge; martin_fierro; mikrofon
Daredevil skateboarder Danny Way leaps Great Wall of China

Where's there's a Wall, there's a Way.

7 posted on 07/09/2005 8:31:48 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Ancient Chinese proverb.)
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To: NormsRevenge; martin_fierro; mikrofon
Where's there's a Wall, there's a Way.

My last post was a real apostrophe.

8 posted on 07/09/2005 8:35:10 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (***Where*** there's a Wall, there's a Way.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I need video!


9 posted on 07/09/2005 8:36:36 PM PDT by flashbunny
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To: NormsRevenge; mikrofon; martin_fierro
. . . at Ju Yong Guan

Funny, he doesn't look Juish.

10 posted on 07/09/2005 8:39:31 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Up, up, and a Way!)
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To: spetznaz

pong


11 posted on 07/09/2005 8:40:33 PM PDT by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: NormsRevenge
The guy's 31 years old and he's still skateboarding?

Get a job.

12 posted on 07/09/2005 8:40:33 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (A lack of preparation on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Skateboarder Danny Way, 31, from Encinitas, California, attempts to set a height world record at Ju Yong Guan, north of Beijing Saturday July 9, 2005. Way, who completed the first ever skateboard jump over the Great Wall of China, was attempting to break his own skateboarding records for distance (79ft/24.07m) and unaided height out of a ramp. (AP Photo/Quiksilver/Mike Blabac)


13 posted on 07/09/2005 8:40:35 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... "To remain silent when they should protest makes cowards of men." -- THOMAS JEFFERSON)
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To: NormsRevenge

Skateboarder Danny Way, 31, from Encinitas, California, jumps the Great Wall of China at Ju Yong Guan, north of Beijing Saturday July 9, 2005. Way, who became the first skateboarder to jump the Great Wall, was attempting to break his own skateboarding records for distance (79ft/24.07m) and unaided height out of a ramp. (AP Photo/Quiksilver/Mike Blabac)


14 posted on 07/09/2005 8:41:51 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... "To remain silent when they should protest makes cowards of men." -- THOMAS JEFFERSON)
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To: Texas Eagle
Get a job.

He's board with his job.

15 posted on 07/09/2005 8:42:05 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (I have a feeling that *is* his job.)
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To: Charles Henrickson

Who would hire him? He's a skater.


16 posted on 07/09/2005 8:42:45 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (A lack of preparation on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.)
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To: Texas Eagle

But he knows his roll.


17 posted on 07/09/2005 8:43:19 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Up, up, and a Way!)
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To: NormsRevenge

18 posted on 07/09/2005 8:44:09 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... "To remain silent when they should protest makes cowards of men." -- THOMAS JEFFERSON)
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To: NormsRevenge

On a skateboard? He's nuts.

On the other hand, one of my favorite clips from the Jim Rome show is of his interview with Evel Knievel. Evel's attempted 1974 rocket-jump across the Snake River Canyon comes up, and Evel says he figured beforehand he had a fifty-fifty chance of not surviving the jump. Rome asks, well, if you figured you had a coin-flip chance of dying trying to do the jump, why try it at all? And Evel replies matter-of-factly...

"...You know who the hell I am?"

The point being that to do stuff like this, you have to be tough, supremely confident in yourself...and, yeah, at least borderline nuts.


19 posted on 07/09/2005 8:45:36 PM PDT by RichInOC (Sanity used to be a friend of mine...but I haven't seen him around in a while.)
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To: Charles Henrickson

"Where's there's a Wall, there's a Way."

Groooooaaaaannnnn!

[;^D

20 posted on 07/09/2005 8:46:16 PM PDT by RebelTex (Freedom is everyone's right - and everyone's responsibility!)
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To: NormsRevenge

If China can build a Great Wall so can America.

I realize this has nothing to do with skateboarding, but we are talking about walls after all.


21 posted on 07/09/2005 8:47:14 PM PDT by This Just In ("Those are my principles, if you don't like them, I've got others" - Groucho Marx)
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To: Texas Eagle

Skateboarding is his job. Beats working for a living.


22 posted on 07/09/2005 8:47:36 PM PDT by PeoplesRepublicOfWashington (Washington State--Land of Court-approved Voting Fraud.)
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To: Charles Henrickson; mikrofon; NormsRevenge
Daredevil skateboarder Danny Way rolled down a massive ramp at nearly 50 mph and jumped across the Great Wall of China

What an Ax-le.

23 posted on 07/09/2005 8:48:36 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: This Just In

Your comment is really off the wall



::ducks!::


24 posted on 07/09/2005 8:49:09 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: martin_fierro; RichInOC; mikrofon
What an Ax-le.

He's part of the Axle of Evel.

25 posted on 07/09/2005 8:50:02 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Up, up, and a Way!)
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To: This Just In

Karl Rove is behind this, I'm sure. :-)


26 posted on 07/09/2005 8:51:01 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... "To remain silent when they should protest makes cowards of men." -- THOMAS JEFFERSON)
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To: NormsRevenge

Pretty killer dude.


27 posted on 07/09/2005 8:52:21 PM PDT by conservative cat
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To: NormsRevenge
Daredevil skateboarder Danny Way rolled down a massive ramp at nearly 50 mph and jumped across the Great Wall of China on Saturday, becoming the first person to clear the wall without motorized aid, an event sponsor said.

How many have tried this and failed?

28 posted on 07/09/2005 8:55:56 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Liberalism cannot survive in a free and open society.)
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To: NormsRevenge

The guy has more guts than a government mule!


29 posted on 07/09/2005 8:57:03 PM PDT by dc-zoo
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To: NormsRevenge

No Way!


30 posted on 07/09/2005 8:58:41 PM PDT by sine_nomine (Protect the weakest of the weak - the unborn babies.)
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To: sine_nomine

WAY!


31 posted on 07/09/2005 9:00:57 PM PDT by dc-zoo
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To: Charles Henrickson

Must be a grind.


32 posted on 07/09/2005 9:02:14 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (A lack of preparation on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.)
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To: Cowboy Bob; martin_fierro; mikrofon
How many have tried this and failed?

Only one other person has tried to jump the Wall, the late Chinese skateboarder Wen Tu Lo, whose unsuccessful attempt earned him the nickname, "Mural."

33 posted on 07/09/2005 9:02:58 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (The man spread himself too thin.)
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To: PeoplesRepublicOfWashington
Skateboarding is his job. Beats working for a living.

No doubt. It's also no doubt he's one of those 44 million people Nancy Pelosi loses sleep over because he has no health care or retirement savings.

In other words, a typical lazy, shiftless, good-for-nothing RAT constituent.

34 posted on 07/09/2005 9:04:37 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (A lack of preparation on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.)
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To: Calpernia

No, Michael Jackson is Off The Wall.



::drum fill/cymbal crash!:: :^)


35 posted on 07/09/2005 9:07:39 PM PDT by This Just In ("Those are my principles, if you don't like them, I've got others" - Groucho Marx)
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To: NormsRevenge

If he ain't wearing the uniform, he's a pussie.


36 posted on 07/09/2005 9:15:44 PM PDT by x1stcav (Hooahh!)
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To: Texas Eagle

I'm guessing he makes significantly more than most FReepers. Dan has some very large ones.


37 posted on 07/09/2005 9:22:57 PM PDT by TheDon (The Democratic Party is the party of TREASON!)
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To: Cowboy Bob; mikrofon; martin_fierro
How many have tried this and failed?

Actually, besides Wen Tu Lo, I believe there was one other attempt:


38 posted on 07/09/2005 9:24:36 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (It was that darn Acme skateboard. . . .)
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To: Charles Henrickson

Good - very good.


39 posted on 07/09/2005 9:33:14 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (NEW and IMPROVED: Now with 100% more Tyrannical Tendencies and Dictator Envy!)
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To: NormsRevenge

>>"A crowd of several thousand people, including China's ministers of extreme sports and culture, gathered at the Ju Yong Guan Gate..."

Heh, this job sounds like something they'd cook up in a country with a really overbloated government, like in say... the U.S.!


40 posted on 07/09/2005 9:39:01 PM PDT by modhom
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To: NormsRevenge
Way botched the landing on his first attempt

Which was probably this one:


41 posted on 07/09/2005 9:40:38 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (On the Way down.)
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To: NormsRevenge

42 posted on 07/09/2005 9:46:49 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (On the Way down.)
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Mongolians, take note.


43 posted on 07/09/2005 9:49:09 PM PDT by CounterCounterCulture (Anagram of my screenname: TRUE UNCLE TRUER COCONUT)
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To: NormsRevenge

44 posted on 07/09/2005 9:49:17 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (No Way.)
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To: Texas Eagle
In other words, a typical lazy, shiftless, good-for-nothing RAT constituent.

I dunno.. he seems to have marketing himself down to a science. I'm sure he was compensated (or through his adventures be compensated.

Not the way I would earn a living, but nothing wrong with it. Free enterprize at work... do something extreme and people will pay you to do it.
45 posted on 07/09/2005 9:52:40 PM PDT by birbear (Admit it. you clicked on the "I have already previewed" button without actually previewing the post.)
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To: Charles Henrickson

LOL!!!


46 posted on 07/09/2005 9:55:52 PM PDT by spinestein (The facts fairly and honestly presented, truth will take care of itself.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Amazing.
As the Dad of a really good skateboarder, I have come to appreciate this stuff. As a matter of fact, all you have to do is go try to stand on a skateboard to appreciate this stuff.


47 posted on 07/09/2005 9:58:12 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

It's really impressive when you consider Danny Way broke his neck in '94 in a surfing accident. He's lucky to be walking, let alone doing stunts like this.


48 posted on 07/09/2005 10:53:01 PM PDT by digitalbrownshirt (http://digitalbrownshirt.blogspot.com)
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To: TheDon

One of my cousins has been a pro skateboarder for over 20 years now. He makes very good money.

He made a lot more starting his own skateboard company, though.


49 posted on 07/09/2005 11:21:40 PM PDT by wingnutx (Seabees Can Do!)
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To: This Just In

ROFL!

You got me!


50 posted on 07/10/2005 6:42:21 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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