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Skydiving From Space

Rodd Milner is taking extreme sports to a whole new level, or to be precise, a whole new atmosphere. Forget about all those pansy sports like bungy jumping, luge racing and mountain climbing - this guy is planning a sky dive from space!

Rodd intends to wear a space suit and ride 130,000 feet (40,000 metres) up to the edge of space in a balloon. That's higher than four Mount Everests stacked on top of each other. If that doesn't sound crazy enough, once he gets up there, he's going to jump. If he doesn't chicken out, Rodd will be flying towards earth at a speed of between 700 and 900 miles per hour (1100 to 1400 kilometres per hour.) That would make him the first human to break the sound barrier without using a jet plane, car or other vehicle.

How is Rodd going to prepare for this death-defying feat? He'll start by going through a nine-month training program in Australia where he'll do hundreds of practice dives. Rodd will gradually go higher and carry more equipment each jump. His final trip up in a helium balloon should take about two and a half hours. His jump down to earth? Less than 10 minutes.

The key to Rodd's survival will be his space suit. This thing will have three layers and be pressurized to protect Rodd from the cold and changes in air pressure. When he reaches 130,000 feet, the temperature will be -112 F (-80 C.) If Rodd pulls off this feat, he'll break a number of records - including highest balloonist and furthest free faller. The space jump is scheduled for March, 2002. If Rodd's chute opens and everything goes according to plan, you'll be able to watch a big screen movie about the jump. Rodd's suit will be equipped with cameras and a team of skydivers will film the jump once Rodd reaches 40,000 feet. Let's hope that chute opens.

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"FBGirl" wrote:I like cheerleading, but definitely NOT a sport! Sports are physical activity with competition and GEAR. The closest thing cheerleaders have to gear are pom-poms. And, yeah. Boys CAN cheerlead, but chances are they will be made fun of(not by me). Cheerleaders do A LOT of physical cheers and stunts, and we use ourselves instead of gear. A lot and most people underestimate cheerleaders for just some girls with poms and uniforms going "go team! yay!" because they have seen that in movies and tv. look up some cheer comp videos and still only some people with change their view of cheerleaders as girls on the sidelines doing uncreative cheers and stupid words to match. I hope this helped you understand a little bit more about cheerleading and cheerleaders. Peace Out!
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"lamiraclelemiracle" wrote:no cheering is not a sport it's something to turn people and the players up I was a cheerleader for 2 years (before I aged out) and we do not only wave pom poms int the air and yell "go team!!". All cheerleaders and coaches put A LOT of effort and time into making and practicing cheers. It is true that cheerleaders turn people and the players on...but it's much more than that. it's about having fun, teamwork, having some more fun, getting some exercise (uh that kinda makes it a sport right?), and great times with the other girls on your squad.   Rant over lol
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Lolly20 posted in Xtreme Sports:
of coarse girls can be stronger than boys but some are not :wave
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How the game works: you roast the favorite american football player of the person above you  EXAMPLE: Mathew Stafford LIONS QB USER BELOW: hes the worst qb in nfl did you know that? Ok first person to reply roasts my player:  Favorite NFL Player: Antonio Brown #84 Pittsburgh Steelers
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Lolly20 posted in Cheerleading:
as long as they r happy i think it is fine :)
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