But it is one in particular who takes the attention of Laureus Academy Member and explorer Mike Horn.
And that person is Felix Baumgartner, the daredevil Austrian who captured the world’s attention as he broke the speed of sound during his latest skydive. Now he who goes up against BMX rider Jamie Bestwick, French Olympic mountain biker Julie Bresset, Australian surfers Stephanie Gilmore and Joel Parkinson for the Award.
Horn, who has himself undertaken exceptional feats of endurance, determination and courage, such as circumnavigating the Equator and the Arctic Circle without motor transport, said: “If you dedicate your life to go beyond limits, you can only be admired. Inspired by others to push human limits further than what has been achieved before, needs passion, dedication, knowledge and a belief in success. Where the will to win becomes bigger than the fear to lose, only when you take that step can you discover new lands. Felix took that step long ago and the proof is in what he has achieved today.”
What do you make of Felix’s Nomination and a skydiver going up against surfers and cyclists for the Award?