Berkshire Encyclopedia of Extreme Sports by Douglas Booth, Holly Thorpe

By Douglas Booth, Holly Thorpe

Collaboratively compiled and deftly co-edited via Douglas sales space and Holly Thorpe (both of whom are college individuals with the dept of activities and rest reports on the collage of Waikato, New Zealand), the "Berkshire Encyclopedia of utmost activities" is impressively prepared and contains forty two articles on modern severe activities through an expert members together with students and athletes. There also are 19 essays facing the social, political, and media context of utmost activities, 35 biographies of prime severe activities athletes, in addition to seventy three sidebars (many written by means of athletes recounting their very own exploits). The "Berkshire Encyclopedia of utmost activities" is more suitable with the inclusion of a accomplished index, large cross-references, and a topical reader's consultant. as well as being a vital acquisition for either tuition and group library activities & Athletics reference collections, the "Berkshire Encyclopedia of maximum activities" is mainly suggested for college students and non-specialist readers of any age who've an curiosity in all or any of these activities and athletic actions that have turn out to be referred to as 'extreme'.

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The regulation of jumpers by law enforcement authori-­ ties has been a longstanding subplot to the story of Niagara. The publicity prior to Annie Taylor’s jump was cryptic, in part, because of a concern that she would be arrested before the barrel was let into the rapids. Fred Robinson, a riverman who had been approached about assisting with the retrieval of her barrel, declined to be involved at the last minute because police had made him aware that he could be charged with manslaughter if Taylor died as a result of the stunt.

Sustaining minor bruises to his ribs, Jones was admitted involuntarily to a psychiatric unit by authorities to determine if the act was suicidal or a stunt. Upon being released from the hospi-­ tal, Jones was then arrested and charged with mischief and performing a stunt within the Niagara Parks. After pleading guilty to both charges, Jones was fined $3,000 and required to reimburse the Niagara Parks an additional $1,408 in lost revenue because an attraction was shut down at the time of his rescue.

Years later while touring in New Zealand, Bobby slipped on an orange peel and died from complications due to gangrene! the high wire. Under the tutelage of a troupe of acrobats who had camped close by his father’s home, Blondin had acquired enough skill to begin his professional career by the age of six. Ever the showman, Blondin did not merely walk across the wire but rather traversed it in style, somersaulting, leap-­ ing, executing handstands, performing blindfolded, and hanging perilously from the wire using only one arm and one leg.

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