‘The life and soul of freediving’: sport pays tribute to Natalia Molchanova

She pushed the boundaries of freediving for 12 years, her habit of setting world records earning her the nickname the Machine. But Natalia Molchanova – the Russian considered the greatest freediver of all time – is now feared dead after failing to surface after a recreational dive with friends off the Spanish island of Formentera at the weekend. The tightknit […]

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Natalia Molchanova was giving diving lesson when she vanished, son says

Freediving world champion Natalia Molchanova was giving a diving lesson to several inexperienced divers when she failed to surface, it has emerged. Molchanova, 53, vanished on Sunday as she was freediving – diving without breathing apparatus – near Formentera, a small island south of Ibiza. Initial reports said she was diving without fins to a planned depth of 35 metres, […]

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Shawn Dollar, surfer of world’s biggest waves, breaks neck in four places

Top big-wave surfer Shawn Dollar broke his neck in dangerous conditions off the central coast of California and remained in hospital on Wednesday, his management company said. Dollar, who holds the world record for the largest wave ever paddled into, was in stable condition after breaking his neck in four places on Monday, according to a statement from the Titans […]

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Wingsuit flying’s most deadly summer leads to soul searching

Wingsuit flying has been described as the world’s most exhilarating and dangerous sport. Launching themselves from cliffs wearing a nylon bodysuit, the “wing” being formed by air filling a piece of fabric stretched between the arms and legs, its practitioners glide at speeds of up to 150mph (241 km per hour), often skimming close to the ground before eventually deploying […]

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Extreme Sport : Wingsuit flying, the World Most Exhilarating and Dangerous Sport

Wingsuit flying

Have you heard Wingsuit flying? It’s described as the world most exhilarating and dangerous Sport. But after the sport’s most deadly summer, during which there has been almost two dozen deaths in three months – the vast majority in the Alps, where flying is legal – participants have begun asking why wingsuit flying has suddenly turned so lethal. It has not only […]

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