To determine the fastest sports we looked at a few things, an item that travels at high speed that has to be caught or returned by another person requiring split second reaction times. This was covered in Part 1 – The Fastest Sports in the world and part 3 – The fastest motorised sports/
Or someone travelling at high speed, in a non motorised sport which we will cover now. These are the real dare devils of sport and travelling at the speeds reached in any of the below take a lot of nerve.. So here it is, enjoy!
Wing Suit Flying –
Wingsuit Flying is the fastest sport in the world and also happens to be the most dangerous! Gliding through the air at speeds or 120-140mph these guys are the ultimate dare devils.
On 22 May 2017, British wingsuit pilot Fraser Corsan set world records for the fastest speed reached in a wingsuit of 396.86 km/h (246.60 mph)
BASE jumping involved jumping from fixed objects, using a parachute to descend safely to the ground. “BASE” is an acronym that stands for four categories of fixed objects from which one can jump: building, antenna, span, earth. It s significantly more hazardous than other forms of parachuting, or wingsuit flying and is widely considered to be one of the most dangerous sport of all.
Speed Skiing –
The fastest non motorised land sport – Speed skiing is the sport of skiing downhill in a straight line at as high a speed as possible, as timed over a fixed stretch of ski slope. There are two types of contest: breaking an existing speed record or having the fastest run at a given competition. Speed skiers regularly exceed 150mph. As of 2016, the world record for skiing was 158.424 mph, set by Ivan Origone
Alpine skiiers are also worth of a mention. These massively skilled skiers can reach speeds of over 80mph.
Traditional luge takes place on an ice course with an aerodynamic sled and is the fastest olympic sport. Lugers have recorded speeds up to 90 mph as they navigate their way through a series of twists and turns. Manuel Pfister of Austria, reached a top speed of 154 km per hour (95.69 mph) on the track in Whistler, Canada prior to the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Bobsleigh or bobsled is a winter sport in which teams of two or four teammates make timed runs down narrow, twisting, banked, iced tracks in a gravity-powered sled. They typically reach speeds similar to lugers. There is a new single bobsleigh event called Monobob which will makes it debut at the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Skeleton is the original and first sled sports. In skeleton a person rides a small sled, known as a skeleton bobsled (or -sleigh), down a frozen track while lying face down (prone). Unlike other sliding sports of bobsleigh and luge, the race always involves single riders. They typically reach speeds of 80mph.
Pictured above is Kimberley Murray on her skeleton sled –
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