Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Robbie Maddison and Rhys Millen - New Year's Eve Stunts

There’s gambling on sports or casinos and then there’s gambling with your life. If you like the former, your best bet is to check out Bodog’s online casino and sports book. If you’re into the latter, you need to tune in to ESPN tonight to watch two motorcycle daredevils risk it all on New Year’s Eve.


Just after midnight (EST), freestyle motorcycle star Robbie Maddison will attempt a death-defying stunt in front of the Paris Las Vegas. As you may remember, Maddison set the Guinness World Record last year with a jump of 322 feet and 7 ½ inches (the equivalent of a football field).

This time around, he’ll attempt to jump his bike over 120 feet into the air and land on top of the 96-foot tall replica of the Arc de Triomphe outside of the hotel and casino. If that part of the stunt works, he’ll then drop from the arc and freefall 50 feet into a landing ramp.

“I have to stick it. If I don’t, I probably won’t ever ride a motorcycle again,” said the 27-year-old Maddison. He added, “There’s no way I can mess this jump up and walk away from it.”

The jump will be broadcast on ESPN and is part of the Red Bull: New Year. No Limits telecast.


Rhys Millen, a stunt driver and former Formula D drifting champ, will also be attempting a dangerous stunt at 11:30 EST on ESPN. If he succeeds, he’ll become the first man to do a backflip in an off-road truck. This one will take place outside of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

While he claims to have made seven practice jumps, Millen was also prevented from performing the stunt last year after injuring himself on the final practice run.

“The pinnacle will be to drive away from it,” said Millen. “This jump is kind of a test for my team and myself to prove that we could kind of cheat the laws of physics and basic dynamics.”

We here at Dare to Gamble wish both these daredevils good fortune. As for the rest of you, we wish you a very safe and happy New Year’s Eve. If you’re drinking, be sure and get a designated driver. Killing somebody and going to jail is a pretty crummy way to start 2009.

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Robbie Maddison and Rhys Millen - New Year's Eve Stunts