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Warning: the 9 most dangerous sports in the world

1. Wingsuit flying

By far the most dangerous sport in the world: by 2013, only around 1000 extreme sports enthusiasts in bat-like suits and a parachute fell from mountain peaks, towers and skyscrapers - almost 50 of them did not survive. Anyone who has not completed at least 200 parachute jumps is not allowed to compete in such a suit. You couldn't get more thrills - the fan base is still growing.

2. Big wave surfing

Sports that require a high level of special skills seem extreme for the audience - anyone who has surfed in waves as high as a house off Hawaii when they were crawling will not find it dangerous. Accordingly, he knows the danger, can assess it correctly and deal with it. But there are surfers who are looking for the ultimate kick: off Portugal there are monster waves up to 20 meters high that are otherwise only found in more distant places in the ocean or during heavy storms - but even that is no obstacle for the most extreme of the extremes.

3. Motorsport

Motor sports enthusiasts have to be in top shape - they have long since internalized the triad of exercise, nutrition and relaxation. Without appropriate behavior, you will not be up front. After all: the world-famous events are usually secured in such a way that life-threatening accidents rarely occur - and the drivers are rarely crazy daredevils. But even top athletes who push their limits are not immune to technical defects and human error.

4. Hang gliding

Hang gliders are extreme sports enthusiasts who usually prepare their tours meticulously and carefully check their equipment. Nevertheless, a small mistake here often has fatal consequences, in the fan blogs you can always find obituaries for level-headed athletes. Sometimes knowing your limits is just not enough ...

5. Ice diving

Several extreme elements are linked here: It seems to be the ultimate kick to look for wrecks, rare animals or just because of an ice sheet. The feeling of venturing into completely undiscovered territory often triggers feelings of happiness that can be really addicting. The greatest danger here, too, is overconfidence - athletes know that a tiny amount of inattentiveness can have fatal consequences.

6. Equestrian sports

Countless types of sport have emerged from dealing with humans, which used to be the most important livestock: it is always about humans and animals forming a unit and achieving a common goal. For the athletes, riding requires a high level of concentration, coordination and definitely also strength and fitness - the more practiced you are here, the safer you are. But even the most experienced riders are not protected from accidents, the horse is an individual that can no longer be controlled in some situations. Unfortunately, the statistics here are relentless: Riding is much more dangerous than riding a motorcycle.

7. Free climbing

Climbers are not in search of danger - industry giants like Stefan Glowacz or the Huber-Buam are cross-border commuters, but not insane. As a rule, they spend months preparing their expeditions, operate emergency management and always have a plan B in case the mountain cannot be taken on the first attempt. Nevertheless, there is still a high risk - they all literally know the “edge of the abyss” and everyone can report on numerous colleagues who have stepped beyond it. With your health insurance, "free climbing" is usually a risk factor.

8. Alpine skiing

Usually less extreme, but still life-threatening: Many celebrity accidents in recent years have shown how unsafe alpine skiing can really be - the trauma surgeons at winter sports resorts have known this for a long time. The complete equipment of the groomed slopes with the heated and comfortable cable cars does not relieve the strain: Unfortunately, there are also many people on the road who are not really fit and underestimate the risk at the crucial moment.

9. Skydiving

The German edition of Wikipedia lists 15 different classic skydiving disciplines alone - including speed skydiving (falling free as quickly as possible) or mass jumps. The dream of flying seems to release drug-like substances - even sensible people with both feet on the ground practice this sport, which luckily usually has a reserve parachute available as a backup if the main parachute fails. Unfortunately, there is still one fatal accident for every 80,000 jumps.

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