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James Shane McConkey

James Shane McConkey
Date: March 26, 2009 Nationality: Canadian
Object Type: Earth
Location: Sass Pordoi, Dolomites, Italy
COD: No-Pull / Impact
Clothes / Suit: Wingsuit Ski base

Description:
The jump was to be a wingsuit ski base. Ski off of a mountain, do some flips, then pull on release cords that are attached to upward releasing ski bindings in order to jettison the skis and fly away from the wall in the wingsuit and deploy.

Shane did a double back flip in perfect McConkey style. As planned, afterwards, he went to release his skis. This is where the jump went wrong. He was able to release the right ski, but not the left, to make matters worse, the right ski became in-tow on the left.. He remained focused on releasing them by reaching down to that left binding. This put him into a spin/ unstable falling style, that was out of his control and not his concern; Shane was only concerned with reaching that heel piece on his left ski so that he could release it and achieve a snag free deployment. His movements were intentional and deliberate. He succeeded in releasing that left ski off of his boot and then both skis were gone. He immediately transitioned into a perfect flying position; but he was too low. Less than a moment later, he impacted the snow, and died.

Shane McConkey Documentary Trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afDYEtQmC6I

Shane McConkey -- In Deep tribute
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWinjgQMz-8



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