Ex-soldier and world blind downhill speed skiing record?

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  1. Nails or what! :omg:

    I overheard a snippet about this on TV this morning. They said someone was aiming to break the world blind downhill skiing speed record.

    What the fcuk!!!

    I have never skied. And the idea of bombing downhill at over 100 mph scares me sh1tless. Let alone if you can't see where you're going. :omfg:

    So I did a Google search; I couldn't find anything about someone currently aiming to break the record. But, it seems, it must be Kevin Alderton.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/kent/6538527.stm

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/kent/4909602.stm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbEO-t9TIO0&feature=user

    http://www.nosightnofear.com/

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/kent/content/articles/2007/08/15/kevin_alderton_feature.shtml

    Amazing bloke ......... and some nice "squaddie" humour here:

    I am speechless and so full of admiration.

    I suppose this is who they were talking about on TV?
    Anyone confirm whether this chap is aiming to break his record?
     
  2. Quality! :D
     
  3. Aaaaaahhhhh! That's why this was mentioned on BBC TV last Sunday. They were saying what was on this week's programme.

    He's on "Sunday Life" on BBC 1 at 10.00 am today.

     
  4. in_the_cheapseats

    in_the_cheapseats LE Moderator

    Respect to the man.

    Skiing is one sport I never got into. Doing what he has done, sighted, would scare the willies out of me.
     
  5. Some of the guys at St Dunstans have done some mental things, that I wouldn't want to do as a fully sighted person. They are an inspiration in my books.
     
  6. My Bold.

    Well said.
     
  7. There was a patient from there, a few years ago, who was going for the blind world speed record on a motorbike!!! He had a sighted person on a bike behind him who was giving him steering directions.

    CLICKY LINKY THING


    Fcukin NAILS!!!! good on that man
     
  8. I wonder if his mate, Billy, will be on the TV programme. :D

    When they met, they found they'd served in Norn Iron together.

    Squaddies doing what they do best. :lol:

    It's on telly in a minute.
     
  9. Kevin Alderton is on now.

    His coach lost a leg serving with the Marines.
     
  10. My mate did a speed test on a snowboard (non blind) They have special ramps for measuing speed, so if someone points him in the right direction he should be out of the way of other potential skiers and boarders, trees and rocks,

    still very scary and respect to the man I hope he gets it.
     
  11. My understanding is that he holds the world record. That he decided to create a world record for BLIND downhill speed skiing. It might be that he is the only person in the world that he is competing against? :roll:

    That "sighted" record is around 160 mph.

    Kevin has exceeded 100 mph and seems to be aiming for 105 mph.
     
  12. Cow

    Cow LE

    St Dunstans when in basic training we got briefed about these guys, they do an awesome job and we all thought that it was for the older generation, another vital support network that the government doesn't support. Got to see the guys there are pushing the boat out! Well done!
     
  13. Yep. The stereotypical image of St. Dunstans is this: (my bold)

     
  14. I noticed this old thread of mine earlier today and scanned through bits of it. I was wondering if Kevin Alderton would be competing in 2010 paralympics in Vancouver? However, my internet search didn't bring up anything.

    On a different, but not unrelated, subject, I just heard mention of St. Dunstan's at Ovingdean, Brighton on BBC south news. I cannot be sure whether they said it WAS closing or was in danger of closing. This is an article from a few days ago:

    http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/4928556.Brighton_charity_for_old_soldiers_could_have_to_sack_staff_to_cut_costs/

     
  15. Alsacien

    Alsacien LE Moderator

    I've watched a couple of downhill speed skiing competitions, far from being at a disadvantage, I would say being blind could be a benefit - especially as you cannot see how daft you look wearing a lycra body suit and a Darth Vader helmet :D

    Well done to anyone who gives something like that a go rather than accept a handicap..