Historic Flying Man Footage Captured as Brazilian Professional Athlete
Luigi Cani Narrowly Escapes Tragedy over Corcovado Mountain
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, April 26 /CNW/ -- Earlier today, residents of and
visitors to Rio de Janeiro witnessed something never seen before, when
Brazilian native and Go Fast! Sports and Beverage Company-sponsored athlete
Luigi Cani soared under his own wings within two meters of Christ the
Redeemer, atop Corcovado Mountain. Further etching this amazing spectacle into
the minds of onlookers, Cani freefell at terminal velocity, skimmed the earth,
and continued flight, uninjured.
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"This was the most exhilarating flight I've ever experienced," explained
Cani, who skimmed the bushes after flying past Christ the Redeemer. In spite
of skimming, Cani maintained flight long enough to get to a location high
enough above the ground to open his parachute. "It was almost miraculous,"
Cani said, "I truly felt a greater power was watching over me."
"I am hoping that the imagery captured during this flight will convey the
sense of freedom, emotion and awareness of everything around you; especially
when you only have control over certain elements in life," Cani continued.
It was Cani's calm, clear-headed and fast response that allowed him to
continue flying and avoid fatal disaster after scraping the mountain.
This momentous flight took place less than two weeks after Brazil
launched a campaign for Rio de Janeiro's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue to
be named one of seven new wonders of the world, Cani hopes with his legendary
flight to embody his country's vision, which believes that the outstretched
arms of the statue represent a feeling of national pride.
After more than a year of planning this event, and with the help of his
frequent BASE Jumping friend, Jeb Corliss, Cani was able to freefall past the
statue, which stands 38 meters (125 feet) atop the 710 meter (2,330-foot) tall
Corcovado Mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city and
its world renown beaches.
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