News Levi LaVallee Jumps 361 Feet | Video

Levi LaVallee Jumps 361 Feet | Video

Red Bull Jump Record

Levi LaVallee jumped an incredible 361 feet while preparing for his Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. world record snowmobile distance jump in San Diego.

Unfortunately, Levi was injured while practicing shortly thereafter and as a result, the Dec. 31, 2010 event has been canceled.

Following his injury, LaVallee was immediately transported to a local hospital where he is in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery.

But as the 361-foot jump eclipsed the existing record by 60 feet, it will be submitted for world record certification. Levi expects to make a full recovery.

Some may ask, who is Levi LaVallee? He is a seven-time Winter X Games medalist and champion snocross racer, who was attempting to jump his Polaris snowmobile longer than ever before (over a 300 foot water gap).

Although he was injured prior to New Years, his practice jump shown here eclipsed the current record of 301 feet.

LaVallee was to be the fourth athlete to star in Red Bull’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration on ESPN, which highlights extraordinary athletes pushing their physical, mental and technical limits to break boundaries and records.

Robbie Maddison jumped his motorcycle 322 feet over a football field in Las Vegas in 2007 and followed it up in 2008 by jumping his motorcycle onto – and off – of the 96-foot-tall Arc De Triomphe at Paris Las Vegas.

Also in 2008, Rhys Millen backflipped an off-road truck.

Last year, Travis Pastrana jumped his rally car 269 feet over water, landing on a barge in Long Beach California over Rainbow Harbor.

Just in from Red Bull on Dec. 24th…

Levi LaVallee has been released from the hospital and is headed home to Minnesota. He will continue his recovery from injuries sustained in an incident during testing for his planned Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. snowmobile distance jump in San Diego, which was set to be telecast on ESPN. Below is a statement from Levi:

Levi LaVallee says: "I am out of the hospital and on my way home to Minnesota. When I jumped 361 feet during testing, I was pumped and felt I could fly even further on December 31 at Red Bull: New Year. No Limits., but unfortunately it didn’t work out that way and I will be ringing in the new year a little differently than originally planned."

"I’m of course disappointed, but the most important thing is that I’m recovering and hope to get back on my sled soon. Thanks to everyone who has wished me well. The amazing amount of support really means a lot. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!"

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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