1/13/2012, Düsseldorf / Germany
Loctite-maintained sled sustains no damage after 100 mph jump and forceful landing
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Henkel-sponsored freestyle snowmobiler Levi LaVallee shatters world record for distance jumping
“I’m as excited as I think a person can be,” said 29-year-old LaVallee in an interview immediately following the jump.” I just landed an over 400-foot jump. I’m not sure how the sled’s doing, but I’m okay.”
The sled was fine. After his interview and some celebration, LaVallee jumped back on the snowmobile, which started right up and ran in top form despite the harsh operating conditions and extreme expectations of the jump.
This year’s jump broke LaVallee’s standing distance jumping record of 361 feet that he set during training for the 2010 Red Bull. New Year. No Limits. event. Just hours after setting that record, LaVallee was badly injured during a training run, suffering a cracked pelvis, broken ribs, cracked vertebrae and collapsed and punctured lungs. The 2010 New Year’s Eve event was canceled due to the injury that derailed LaValle’s plans.
“We are so proud of Levi for being able to come back from serious injury just a year ago and make this record-shattering jump,” said Mike Shannahan, Henkel’s director of marketing for the North American general industry business. “We are also thrilled that Loctite adhesives, sealants and lubricants did such an amazing job helping his sled to survive this intense perfomance test. We are proud that our products help Levi to keep pushing the limits.”
Beyond his world record distance jumps, LaVallee is widely known for becoming the first person to double backflip a snowmobile in the 2009 Winter X Games. He is a seven-time Winter X Games medalist, holding four gold medals.
A video of LaVallee’s distance-record-breaking jump can be found at http://www.redbullusa.com/cs/Satellite/en_US/Video/red-bull-new-year-no-limits-021243143084453
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