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Excited spectators gathered early on New Year’s morning to catch
a glimpse of Singapore’s largest-ever Base jumping attempt.
At exactly 8.30am, the first of the
swan-dived off the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark Observation Deck, 200
meters in the air. The other Base jumpers soon followed in a
smooth succession, landing one after the other on a pre-designated
landing area on Bayfront Bridge, in an awe-inspiring display of
precision and skill to welcome the New Year. The stunt was
completed by 8.40am.
The Base jumpers consisted of Marta Empinotti
(Brazil), James Pouchert (USA), Jeb Corliss(USA), Anne Helliwell
(USA), Amanda Vicharelli (USA) and Brendon Cork (USA). All are
professionals in the field of Base jumping, having completed over
6,000 successful jumps in total. They have jumped off some of the
most well-known structures in the world, including the Eiffel
Tower, Seattle’s Space Needle, Petronas Towers in Malaysia and
Christ the Redeemers statue in Rio de Janeiro.
This Base jumping stunt was the brainchild of
Omer Mei-Dan, an orthopedic surgeon from Israel, an extreme sports
enthusiast and a professional Base jumper himself. Omer
successfully executed the world’s first climbing race on a
building facade to mark Marina Bay Sands’ opening celebrations on
23 June 2010.
After this morning’s huge success, he said, “It
couldn’t have gone better. This has been one of the most exciting
jumps I have organized to date, and to have been able to have the
team Base jump off the architectural marvel that is Marina Bay
Sands, is a dream come true. All the jumpers are absolutely
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