Our strongest passions have their roots
in our childhood. Ivan has always wanted to be
the fastest. And, with his speed skiing, he never
gave up on his dream until it finally came true:
this year he clocked 254.958 km/h (approx. 158 mph),
a new world record for his sport.
“The limits”, when it comes down to it,
“are created by those who came before us”.
Simone is a speed skier, but he specialises in raising
the bar: as well as starting his career as a mountain
rescue worker and completing an expedition up K2,
he has also found time to become the most successful
athlete in the sport's history. He claims not to think
about the risks, and lets his willpower do the rest.
But the mountains have taught him one thing:
you can never fully control nature.
Which is better: flying a plane or steering your own body through the air? For Marco it's a no-brainer: he prefers skydiving in his wingsuit, turning gravity into flight and reaching speeds of 190 mph. “Risky?”, he laughs. “No more so than a car journey.”Come and meet him >
Markus was born with skis on his feet.
Then he chose freeskiing: when he is in mid-air
time stands still and the thrill becomes your friend.
The mountain, he says, is like life itself: no matter
how well you know it, “there will always be
a certain amount of risk”.
If you love kitesurfing and adrenaline, freestyle
is the sport for you. Francesca chose it at the
age of 14: jump after jump, she learned
how to balance impulse and precision.
On a board she calls “my partner”.
Pulled by the wind on his kitesurfing board,
Gianmaria stays in control even at speeds
of 55 knots. Air and water whistle around him:
he calls it “the magic of the natural elements”.