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Daredevil Felix Baumgartner to retire

2012-10-16 17:46

Vienna - Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner has decided to retire after his record-breaking free fall from the stratosphere, his spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday.

"There is nothing else for me to achieve," Baumgartner said in an interview with Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung.

The 43-year-old skydiver and base jumper now plans to work as a helicopter pilot in California and Austria, his spokesperson told dpa.

Baumgartner said in the interview that it was a difficult decision to retire. "But I have no energy left," he added.

On Sunday, the extreme athlete became the first human to break the sound barrier in free fall when he jumped from a capsule tied to a balloon 39km above the ground in New Mexico.

Baumgartner had previously made headlines when he jumped from the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur and from the Christ statue in Rio de Janeiro.

Comments
  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-10-16 18:06

    Now those who see this man as a hero, please explain how this man falling from the sky is helping in advancing humanity?

      davidquestioner - 2012-10-16 18:18

      Who's your favourite sportsman? Say it's Teko Modise (for arguments sake). If he scored 20 goals in a single game against Brazil, would you think of him as a hero? How would that help advance humanity?

      thabani.dube.988 - 2012-10-16 18:46

      Shame Tumisang you have exposed your small mind to ridicule. Science knows no boundaries. What's Curiosity doing in Mars Kolobe?

      jason.children - 2012-10-16 18:49

      @Tumisang, but just in case you were seriously wondering. His feat has opened scientific avenues to create safety protocols to get Astronauts back from low level orbits when things go wrong. he has proved that an astronaut can free fall faster than the speed of sound and survive. Space exploration is the next big step for humanity, as we have cocked this planet up already. Pioneers lead the way for new ideas. Having said all that was probably a waste of time for you. eish!

      colin.dovey - 2012-10-16 19:30

      @Jason - I salute you - what a cogent, and on-point answer - I tend to get a bit hot under the collar about people who just don't get it.

      grobbie.brink - 2012-10-16 19:37

      That's the thing, Tumisang, who knows? Who knows what the guy was thinking when he flew a kite in a thunderstorm. But then again, what new challenges have you met lately? Is it not the way we invent and learn new things? Anyway just my 2c. You wanted an explanation.

      desertratbkf - 2012-10-16 19:48

      I'm sorry to say. But, I am mortified by the ignorance of this idiot - Tumisang! Im hyperventilating at the idiocracy of this (person!). Dont read articles that you, scientifically, are incapable of, and have the nereve to vent over! This is TROLL, personified! I know we as Intellectuates, should not comment. But this is beyond primate!

      tsyfert - 2012-10-16 20:10

      The fact that he inspired me and others is already proof that he is helping humanity.

      theesanv - 2012-10-17 08:22

      @desertratbkf Now tell me what great things have you invented my friend that distinguishes you from the other species?

  • George - 2012-10-16 18:10

    His modesty is astounding! Nothing left to achieve?! How's about you comin to South Africa and helping us folks out a spell, cowboy?!

  • desertratbkf - 2012-10-16 19:41

    Aw! Build a "HEAT SHIELD" around you, through earths atmosphere on your way out, and then enter back so future disasters can eject and plunge back though the atmosphere from the OTHER side! :-) I dont think its impossible!

  • ben.olivier - 2012-10-17 04:21

    A bit strange... "No Energy Left", and he's sponsored by Red Bull!

  • sisie.indola - 2012-10-17 08:01

    I certainly won't get into anything that flies if he is the pilot - i'm a wuss.

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