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Jason Brown Knocks Us Out

Never heard of Jason Brown until I read this article.

The writing by Patricia Lockwood is a bit over the top, but it sure expresses enthusiasm that’s rare:

Suddenly, here come the goose bumps. The elasticity of his Russian splits belongs to ballet; his flexibility is less like rubber bands than ribbons. His spins are so beautiful that they look as if they might at any moment exit his body completely and go floating off like the flowers in “Fantasia.” And running alongside the joy is something grave, which seems to me to be respect for the gift.

The audience begins to clap as well as its overwhelming Caucasity will allow. “He’s got ’em,” the longtime commentator and Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton exclaims as the fiddle picks up. At other points, onlookers burst into the spontaneous laughter of babies. I love that laughter. It happens when the viewers overlap so completely with the athlete, with one another, that they don’t know where their own bodies end anymore. We watch sports for these moments. They’re why, every two years, the planet stops spinning and everyone turns their eyes to the spectacle of the Olympics.

This ice skater is extraordinary. He is exciting and memorable. Goose bumps.

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Skateboarder Goes 68mph In Traffic

I love the fearlessness, the recklessness, and the surprise by the skater that he doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about. Too funny. But he is just on another planet about what he thinks is risky and what the straight people think is horribly dangerous.

A professional skateboarder is potentially facing jail time after uploading a video that purports to show him skating at an astounding 68 mph through the middle of traffic.

South African skater Decio Lourenco faces the charges after Cape Town city officials say his high-speed skating actually triggered a speed camera. The speed limit in the town Lourenco was skating through is reportedly 37 mph.

“All that was needed was for one of those motorists to panic and swerve into the oncoming traffic and you have a large number of deaths, as we have already had on that road, safety spokesman Jean-Pierre Smith, told the New York Daily News. “If we don’t take action against him, every other aspirant skateboarder will try it and one of them will come to a sticky end.”

It’s hard to argue that the stunt was dangerous and reckless, particularly with oncoming traffic in the opposite lane. But Lourenco is a professional and Kloof Nek, the road he speeds down, has been used for professional skateboarding events in the past. In addition, his YouTube video of the stunt (“Spoofing the Traffic Camera — Longboarding Without Limits”) does include disclaimers discouraging others from attempting to recreate his feat, which has already been viewed more than 600,000 since it was posted on January 26.

However, as Reuters points out, the past skateboarding events hosted on Kloof Nek have always taken place when all other traffic was closed off the street. And local traffic laws prohibit skateboarders on public roads.

For his part, Lourenco, 24, says he doesn’t understand where all the negative attention is coming from.

“I’ve been skating down hills from a young age… often going much faster than that., he said in an interview with ioL News. “This is the first time I’ve gotten any attention for it.”

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Roller Skater Sets Record For Jumping Off Of Buildings

Another inspiration. This world champion in-line skater, Taig Khris, set a new record on his second try for jumping from a structure. He said that it was his dream and passion for two years. I can’t believe the French government, assuming it owns the Eiffel Tower, let him try it and allowed the building of the ramp.

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