-The best extreme sports athletes to look out for in 2017:
2017 promises to be a great year for extreme sports. The Winter X Games in Aspen kicked it off in style in January, with hundreds of thousands of spectators tuning in and watching from all over the world. Fans will now turn their attention to July’s Summer X Games, which have moved to Minneapolis. From BMX riders to skateboarders and base jumpers, here we’ll take a look at some of the brightest extreme sports stars and athletes that you should really keep an eye on.
Kelly Sildaru is not your average teenager. The Estonian turned heads when she claimed ski slopestyle gold at the 2016 Winter X Games, at the tender age of 13. She proved that was no fluke at this year’s games, putting an amazing run together in the final to win gold once more.
11 medals in 11 Winter X Games appearances speaks for itself. The fact that Heath Frisby continues to amaze in snowmobile freestyle is extraordinary, considering the hazardous nature of the sport. There was no Best Trick medal this year though, after Frisby failed to land the world’s first double backflip – although all credit to him for even trying it in the first place!
We just absolutely love this guy. Freestyle skier Henrik Harlaut is best known for his extreme dress sense and gnarly tricks. He competed at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi wearing Teenage Mutant Hero Turtle gloves, and then crashed out when his trousers fell around his ankles. Not one to be put off, he completed his run, then threw up a Wu-Tang Clan hand signal to the camera and proclaimed « Wu-Tang is for the children ». The 25-year-old Swede has three X Games gold medals to his name and won silver during this year’s Big Air event.
The 26-year-old American is the most decorated slopestyle athlete of all time, with an incredible 10 X Games medals, including 4 golds. Anderson started snowboarding in 2000, when she was given a second-hand snowboard and she qualified for the Winter Olympics just four years later. She won Olympic slopestyle gold in Sochi, the first time the event had been held in an Olympics. Jamie was also awarded the Best Female Action Sports Athlete ESPY award last year.
Brock is a pioneer of Snow Bike Cross. Originally a dirt bike racer, Brock started riding snow bikes so he could train all year around at his home in British Columbia. He bagged gold at this year’s X Games, winning the inaugural Snow Bike Cross race.
This guy can do it all! Shaun White is a professional snowboarder and skateboarder from San Diego, and he holds the record for the most medals won and the most golds won at X Games. The 30-year-old also holds two Olympic halfpipe gold medals and was mentored as a skateboarder by the legendary Tony Hawk, from the age of 9. He is by far the most dominant extreme sports star and was the most talked about Olympic athlete on Facebook during the 2014 Sochi games. If his skills don’t grab your attention, his looks will, as fellow competitors have given him the nickname ‘The Flying Tomato’ due to his shock of red hair.
The British-born BMX rider has dominated the BMX Vert discipline for the best part of a decade. Bestwick ended the late Dave Mirra’s reign as champion and won every single event held from 2005 until 2015, when he won Silver. The 45-year-old was back to his best last year, winning gold and nailing an Alley-Oop 540 Tail Whip on his first run.
Jackson ‘Jacko’ Strong is a real crowd favourite for his all or nothing approach to motocross. The Australian has 3 X Games gold medals to his name, including gold for the Moto X Best Trick at last year’s event in Austin. Jacko required 11 surgeries on a leg injury, sustained in a fireworks explosion at his Wagga Wagga home on New Year’s Eve in 2013. The Crusty Demons stunt rider admitted he was lucky to be alive, after also suffering cuts to his chest and face. Jackson also suffered a huge crash after deciding to compete in the snowmobile stunt competition of the Winter X Games, despite having only four hours’ experience on the machines.
Born into poverty in Brazil, Pamela Rosa’s road to becoming one of the most consistent female skateboarders has been difficult. The 17-year-old burst onto the scene, winning SKB Street silver during the 2014 Austin X Games. She’s since followed that up with another silver in 2015 and gold in the event in Oslo in 2016. A popular athlete, Pamela has over 40 thousand Instagram followers – and all this after only graduating from high school a few months ago!
Sam Beckett became the first skateboarder from the UK to win gold in the Summer X Games, when he nailed his second run during the Skateboard Vert final last year. Sam turned pro in 2015 and is establishing himself as one of the best skateboard vert riders around.
With a trophy cabinet full of medals and awards, Garrett Reynolds is the best BMX street rider ever. He owns his own bike company and spends most of his time filming tricks, which won him the 2015 NORA Cup Web Video of the Year. He has 8 X Games gold medals and one silver in his collection and has dominated the street discipline for the last 8 years.
A member of the Red Bull Wingsuit Flying team, Mike Swanson really is the king of the skies. The American has won a number of golds at the legendary Space Games and holds multiple U.S National and World Championship titles. Mike has over 3,000 wingsuit flights to his name, as he was part of the ‘Transformers 3’ stunt project, in which he flew through downtown Chicago in formation, in a wingsuit. This netted him the ‘Best Speciality Stunt’ at the Taurus Stunt Award in 2011.
Never away from his skydiving partner in crime, Frédéric Fugen, Frenchman Vincent Reffet has led the world of skydiving for over a decade. Vince and Fred became Freefly World Champions during the 2004 World Championships in Brazil. In 2015, Vince also became the protégé of “Jetman”, Yves Rossy, and they are currently planning their next death-defying stunts in the field of human flights.
At just 16, North Shore’s Barron Mamiya is already one of the world leading barrel surfers. Barron has shot up the world rankings in the last three years, and is now a constant performer at international events. His unwavering commitment to surfing will see him become a fixture on the circuit for years to come. Inspired by his dad from an early age, his talents have been nurtured while riding the big Hawaiian waves.
Ryan Dungey is a professional motocross racer from the US, who competes in the motocross and AMA Supercross championships. Dungey is the reigning Best Male Action Sports Athlete ESPY award champion, and is a three times winner of the world’s biggest international motocross race, the Motocross des Nations. The 27-year-old, who is known for his charity work and friendly demeanour, rides for the Red Bull KTM team.
-Les athlètes Red Bull sur grand écran:
Point Break: de véritables cascades – ces 5 disciplines sportives sont au cœur de cette histoire.
Le sport d’action au plus haut niveau en 3D© [unknown]
Le 21 janvier, Point Break fête sa première en Suisse alémanique et dès le 3 février en Romandie. Surf, snowboard, wingsuit proximity flying, motocross et freeclimbing sont réunis dans une histoire émouvante. Le réalisateur Ericson Core (The Fast and the Furious) ne s’est pas servi de scènes d’animations réalisées sur ordinateur, mais s’est appuyé sur des enregistrements en direct. Ceci a pu être réalisé grâce à l’aide d’athlètes de niveau mondial, dans le cadre d’un travail immense. Le résultat: on peut d’ores et déjà se réjouir de scènes authentiques.
Les athlètes Red Bull dans des films:
Source: Red Bull
Ryan Williams est incontestablement le boss de la trott, c’est indiscutable. Et même avec un vélo, il arrive à révolutionner la discipline en inventant des tricks inédits (nothing front flip, 1080 front flip…). L’enfant star du Nitro Circus show tente aujourd’hui de maitriser cette mini-trottinette et forcément, on se doute bien qu’il va y arriver. Flip, whip, Bri, tout y passe. Il est décidément trop fort cet australien.
Voici la plus petite patinette du monde entre les mains du meilleur rider… Enfin il parait que ce n’est pas la taille qui compte et Ryan Williams va vous le prouver.
Ecœuré du football professionnel après avoir été pourtant tout près d’y mettre les pieds, Arnaud Garnier, dit Sean, s’est fait un nom dans le foot freestyle. Champion du monde en 2008, il en est même devenu une légende.