Video Of The Week — Roger Hickey Sets New Street Luge Record In Quebec

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Photo Credit: Roger Hickey (YouTube screen capture)

If you think winter luge, where athletes lying on tiny sleds hurtle down slippery icy tracks is dangerous, you probably have never seen the “summer” version of the sport. Street luge is similar to its winter counterpart, except for one thing – competitors do not have the safety of a chute. Instead, they lay on their sleds and zip down paved streets to what seems like certain death!

But don’t tell that to Roger Hickey. The extreme athlete, who has 20 street luge and 18 skateboarding world titles under his belt, loves the sport so much that he recently emerged from retirement to participate in the Top Speed World Championship held in Quebec, Canada on September 10, 2016.

Photo Credit: Roger Hickey (YouTube screen capture)

The 58-year-old said that he had many doubts and fears during his first three runs where he barely surpassed 80 mph. However, Hickey managed to find his “younger, confident self” during the final run, when he zipped down the Quebec highway at a mind-boggling speed of 100.279 mph. Not only did the athlete win the championship handily, but he also beat the previous record of 97.81 mph established in 2008, by Canada’s Cédric Touchette. Thanks to footage captured by Hickey’s GoPro camera, we can all experience the amazing record-breaking ride firsthand.

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  • gggggFriday, December 15, 2017 at 11:41 am
    coollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll
    • emilypaxton4
      emilypaxton4Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 10:24 am
      That thing that that girl was on was awsome i didn't know what to think.
      • RicadoWednesday, December 13, 2017 at 5:22 am
        it is cool
        • RicadoWednesday, December 13, 2017 at 5:17 am
          it is cool
          • eliyabTuesday, December 12, 2017 at 7:56 am
            It is very fast and cooooooollllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
            • emilypaxton4
              emilypaxton4Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 10:25 am
              you are so right
            • BadBoyZ10Monday, December 11, 2017 at 6:38 am
              Wow
              • maliasistrunk
                maliasistrunkMonday, December 11, 2017 at 4:55 am
                so cool and fast
                • maliasistrunk
                  maliasistrunkMonday, December 11, 2017 at 4:46 am
                  so cool
                  • firetacos
                    firetacosThursday, December 7, 2017 at 12:11 pm
                    awesome and he is going to need new shoes
                    • lw12345
                      lw12345Monday, December 11, 2017 at 6:13 pm
                      Do not worry he can buy new better ones
                      • lw34567
                        lw34567Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 4:00 am
                        I know right!
                        • iamstephantz
                          iamstephantzThursday, December 7, 2017 at 12:18 pm
                          He can repair them
                        • 199999Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 11:07 am
                          that is cool

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