LAS VEGAS -- Mike Metzger broke the world record for longest
motorcycle backflip Thursday, flying 125 feet over the fountains at
Caesars Palace and becoming only the second person to clear the
pool on two wheels.
Immediately after a flawless landing over fountains that reached
some 30 feet in the air, Metzger jumped off his 220-pound
motorcycle and hugged his wife and three-year-old son.
"It's something I've wanted to do forever," said Metzger, a
30-year-old freestyle motorcross athlete.
"Everyone pushes the limits in Las Vegas!" he yelled as a
crowd cheered and his parents, Ted and a tearful Sharon, looked on.
The jump, aired live on ESPN, was made legendary when motorcycle
stuntman Evel Knievel suffered a 29-day coma crashing on a New
Year's Eve 1967 attempt with no backflip.
Gary Wells also crashed horrifically trying the jump in 1980 but
Knievel's son, Robbie, successfully landed a no-frills leap in
Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg was the previous record holder for
longest motorcycle backflip with a 108-foot jump at the 2005 Summer
X Games, an annual event featuring extreme sports.