Sochi's Next Act? Becoming a Bungee Jumping Mecca.

Walk the 1,800-foot bridge, then leap overboard. If you dare.

Jul 23, 2014
Outside Magazine
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The steel-and-concrete, bungee-friendly Skypass is a monument to architecture and risk-taking.    Courtesy of Skypark AJ Hackett Sochi/Facebook

How do host countries of international sports competitions attract tourists once the games have ended? Build architectural wonders. While Ceara, Brazil, is going a more aesthetic route with a giant aquarium, Sochi, Russia, has chosen a more terrifying path—literally. The world's longest suspension bridge opened this week in the Olympic host city, and it's set to become a popular bungee-jumping destination. 

The newest addition to the AJ Hackett Sochi Skypark, nestled in scenic Sochi National Park, is the 1,800-foot Skybridge, which offers views of the Caucasus Mountains and Black Sea coast. Let's not forget the most impressive view: Park visitors looking down will get the full effect of being 679 feet in the air. 

Those hoping to get a lot closer to the ground can strap into a bungee harness and hurl themselves overboard. Don't worry: This bungee scene's been tested, as you can see in the following video, and it's still a full 150 feet shorter than the world's tallest bungee jump in Las Vegas. 

Start working on that fear of heights. 

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