Italian Breaks Speed Skiing Record
Hits 156.8 mph
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Lindsey Vonn and Bode Miller don’t have anything on this man.
Italian Simone Origone broke his own world speed skiing record on Monday, reaching 156.8 miles per hour on the slope at Chabrieres in the French Alps.
He narrowly beat his previous record of 156.2 mph, which he’d set in 2006.
For those of you unfamiliar with speed skiing, it essentially entails tucking off a cliff. The Chabrieres slope drops more than 1,600 feet in three-quarters of a mile and has a maximum grade of 98 percent. Most black runs in the United States have a maximum grade of about 35 percent, so, yeah, that’s pretty steep.