The Golden Gate on the west coast is the epitome of cool and now the San Francisco Chronicle has spoken. Felix Baumgartner is nominated for Coolest Man of the Year by SF Gate. So who is the winner? Go to the article to find out.
Speaking of nominations, could Felix become Time Magazine’s person of the year 2012? Get on your keyboard and vote! Voting ends Dec. 12 and the person of the year will be revealed Dec. 14.
Tags: Felix Baumgartner, Red Bull Stratos, SF Gate, Time Magazine, Person of the Year
Felix Baumgartner holds BAMBI // photo credit: Hubert Burda Media
Felix Baumgartner with Col. Joe Kittinger // photo credit: Hubert Burda Media
Felix Baumgartner on the red carpet for the BAMBI Awards // photo credit: Hubert Burda Media
Felix Baumgartner gets a BAMBI - that is the BAMBI 2012 Award in the Millennium category for his supersonic accomplishment. This is a big deal considering past recipients of BAMBI awards include Muhammad Ali (2003), Sir Paul McCartney (1986), Gregory Peck (1953), Dr. Nelson Mandela (2004), Arnold Schwarzenegger (1996), Tom Cruise (2007), and former Pres. Bill Clinton (2005) just to name a few. Watch an interview with Felix on the red carpet here.
According to Hubert Burda Media, the award winners are chosen by a BAMBI jury consisting of chief editors from Hubert Burda Media and external experts from a variety of different areas of society. The BAMBI Jury explained its decision to give this award to Felix: “No other person has ever jumped from this height, descended such a long distance in free fall or reached such a speed in free fall: Felix Baumgartner made what seemed to be impossible possible when he travelled through the stratosphere and back down to earth with his parachute. By completing this jump from a height of 39 kilometres, the extreme athlete has proven what a person can achieve when they push their limits and fascinated the world with his unique achievement. By achieving this feat, which involved many years of preparation, Baumgartner not only broke three records but also created a global media event that fascinated all generations on a scale that has not been seen since the moon landing in the 1960s.”
The 64th BAMBI Award Ceremony took place at the Congress Centre in Düsseldorf, Germany November 22nd with a live broadcast on the German channel “Das Erste”.
Tags: Felix Baumgartner, Red Bull Stratos, BAMBI awards
A fall feast for the Red Bull Stratos team in Austria. (Oct. 2012)
December issue of Red Bulletin
We want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. Already the end of November - time flies. Just a few weeks ago the Red Bull Stratos team was last together as a group in Salzburg, Austria and more than 1 month ago Felix Baumgartner broke the speed of sound. We reflect on these accomplishments with a thankful heart.
If you’d like to read more about the amazing jump, don’t forget to check out the December issue of Red Bulletin! And if you prefer your space jump stories ‘auf Deutsch’, be sure to watch on Servus TV, with a special blog by correspondent Andreas Jäger.
Tags: Felix Baumgartner, Red Bull Stratos, Red Bulletin, Salzburg, Servus TV, Thanksgiving, Andreas Jäger
Felix during a high altitude training jump in the months leading up to his record breaking freefall.
“The suit was my worst enemy, but it became my friend – because the higher you go, the more you need the suit….I learned to love the suit up there. That’s an even bigger message than flying supersonic.” Felix Baumgartner during an interview with The Guardian.
Earlier this week we asked you for your stories of inspiration - the response was incredible. Although we can’t display all letters, a big THANKS goes out to all of you for sharing. Here’s a sample of our sphere of influence:
“I am 49 years old, and I have been changed forever on the inside by watching Felix make the jump from the stratosphere….then I read on your website that the medical doctor on the team has a special interest in the project because his wife was one of the astronauts on board the shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003, and I realized the mission that they were trying to accomplish which is to develop the next level of spacesuits for future astronauts. From that point on, my perspective changed and I wished him complete success….”
-Terry Stewart, Aiken, South Carolina, USA
“…All I can say is that from watching those last 2 hours, from the takeoff and falling like a meteor till Felix kneeled down to his feet. It was amazing. Thank you also to the very reliable YOUTUBE live streaming. Every moment captured in class. Looking forward now for the latest datas recovered. All the way from the Philippines MABUHAY FELIX! AND MABUHAY REDBULL STRATOS MISSION!!” -Gabrielle Cerna
“…To be able to give inspiration and hope to a kid fighting cancer is such a blessing. It makes me want to do something amazing like that and Felix definitely helps inspire me never to settle for anything less than what I want in life and continue to aim high.” -Jeremy Pope, Hobbs, NM
“After watching Felix’s live jump it kind of made me realise if Felix can jump from space I’m sure as hell i can jump solo at 15,000ft so Felix is the reason I’m not scared anymore and currently saving towards an accelerated freefall course at my local skydive academy.” -@PaulaOCUK
“….Having watched the Jump I finally got the courage to commit to a project I have dreamt of since becoming sober to run 3100 miles across the USA…” -Tom Fitzsimons @dryingout
“…watching space dive and seeing how the team worked together solving problems, gave me some ideas to help me work with my team, as a British Soldier a team is most important and keep working hard towards my goals never mind how hard or distant they may be…” -Neil Buckley, UK
“I have suffered years for fear of flying, but now it seemed somehow
ridiculously small thing. The event made me realize how interesting
and exciting flying can be. Felix gave me a whole new perspective on
the matter…” -Laura Arffman, Finland
“I think that Felix showed many people how to cope with problems and fears. Thank you so much for carrying out such project.” -Kate, Poland
Tags: Red Bull Stratos, Felix Baumgartner, The Guardian, inspiration, space jump
Dr. Jonathan Clark gave a heart felt speech at TEDx USC and revealed his motivation for forming a specialized medical team for the Red Bull Stratos mission. It’s a must watch video as you’ll see he goes deeper into the project’s significance. Dr. Clark’s talk was filmed earlier this year at the University of Southern California shortly after the first manned flight where Felix jumped from 71,615 feet / 21,828.3 meters
The science team is currently analyzing data collected from the supersonic jump Oct. 14th and plans to share its findings with the scientific community at some point in the near future.
Tags: Dr. Jonathan Clark, medical, USC Tedx, Red Bull Stratos