Simone Origone of Italy competes on his way to capture the gold at the FIS Speed Skiing World Championships, Thursday, 19 April 2007 in the Swiss Alps resort of Verbier. Simone Origone crashed after the finish line and broke an arm. (KEYSTONE/Olivier Maire)     Photo: KEY

Italian Breaks Speed Skiing Record

Hits 156.8 mph

Lindsey Vonn and Bode Miller don't have anything on this man. 

Italian Simone Origone broke his own world speed skiing record on Monday, reaching 156.8 miles per hour on the slope at Chabrieres in the French Alps.

He narrowly beat his previous record of 156.2 mph, which he'd set in 2006.

For those of you unfamiliar with speed skiing, it essentially entails tucking off a cliff. The Chabrieres slope drops more than 1,600 feet in three-quarters of a mile and has a maximum grade of 98 percent. Most black runs in the United States have a maximum grade of about 35 percent, so, yeah, that's pretty steep.         

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