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    In conjunction with the May 5 release of Mission: Impossible III and the 40th anniversary of Caesars Palace this August, ESPN and ESPN HD will showcase in a live telecast X Games gold medalist Mike Metzger as he attempts to set a world record and become the first rider to successfully perform a backflip over the fountains at Caesars Palace. The fountains at Caesars Palace are famous for the legendary motorcycle jump attempted in 1968 by Evel Knievel. "The Impossible Jump presented by Mission: Impossible III" will be produced under the ESPN Original Entertainment banner and air live on ESPN and ESPN HD, May 4 at 8:30 p.m. ET. The world record attempt will also be shown live on ESPN International Networks to more than 33 million homes across the globe. The event is free to the public.

    Complementing the live jump coverage will be a one hour show that explores the incredible action in Mission: Impossible III, focusing on stunts performed by Tom Cruise himself and a team led by legendary stunt coordinator, Vic Armstrong (Indiana Jones trilogy and James Bond films). The telecast will also feature highlights from Knievel's jump and the progression of freestyle motorcycle jumping; more specifically, the evolution of the backflip. Other highlights featured will include Carey Hart's backflip attempt at the X Games in 2001 and Metzger's back-to-back flips one year later in the X Games. In addition to Evel Knievel's jump in 1968, only two other Caesars Palace jumps have been tried, including an attempt by Gary Wells in 1980 and the only successful attempt by Knievel's son, Robbie, in 1989.

    "Athletes are always looking to progress their sports. Mike's attempt at a world record over the fountains at Caesars Palace is yet another example on the long list of progression he has fostered in his sport," said Ron Semiao, senior vice president, ESPN Original Entertainment. "It's all the more exciting having the attempt telecast live from such a legendary venue like Caesars Palace. Additionally, our telecast will showcase the groundbreaking stunts in Mission: Impossible III."

    "As the home of the champions, Caesars Palace has served as the stage for some of the world's greatest and most unique sporting events, and we are thrilled to also be a part of this historic motorcycle jump, during the launch of our 40th anniversary celebration," said Gary Selesner, president of Caesars Palace. "We applaud Mike Metzger and look forward to his successful record-setting jump over the fountains at Caesars Palace."

    Mike "The Godfather" Metzger, age 30, is one of the most influential riders in the history of freestyle motocross. With five X Games medals to his name, three of which are gold, Metzger has been riding motorcycles for more than 25 years. The Menifee, Calif. resident is known for his legendary performance at X Games Eight when he won double gold in Moto X Best Trick and Freestyle, and became the first rider to land back-to-back flips in the history of the sport. Producing the stunt under the auspices of ESPN Original Entertainment is Media X International, Inc. (MXi).

    "Following someone as influential as Evel Knievel on such a monumental jump as the Caesars fountains is a huge honor for me," Metzger said about his anticipated jump. "I can't think of a better way to celebrate 40 years of Caesars Palace history."

    In the event that Metzger sets a world record for longest backflip, Guinness World Record representatives will be present at Caesars Palace to officially acknowledge the feat. Guinness World Records is the universally recognized authority on record-breaking achievement. First published in 1955, the annual Guinness World Records book is published in more than 100 countries and 20 languages and is one of the highest-selling books under copyright of all time.
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    Default Set a world record for the longest backflip on a motorcycle, 125 feet.



    Mike Metzger soars over the Caesars Palace fountains in Las Vegas en route to a perfect landing to set a world record for the longest backflip on a motorcycle, 125 feet. The previous record was held by Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg, who jumped 108 feet in 2005.

    And when he was done, he jumped off his bike, grabbed his wife and 3-year-old son and yelled, "Are we going to Disneyland? Yeeaaaahhh."

    "I just stuck the biggest backflip ever for Evel Knievel!" said Metzger, clad in a green-and-white riding suit adorned with stars as a nod to the legendary daredevil. "I got a lot of inspiration from that guy, and today it all worked out."


    "Oh, yeah, I was very nervous. Anything can happen with that jump and those fountains," Knievel said in a phone interview afterward. "I was praying for him. I'm glad he made the jump."

    The stunt was part of a promotion for the "Mission: Impossible III"

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    That jump was just amazing. I though for sure he was gonna eat it but he landed it so nicely!
    "Maybe I was the only one, but I really felt like we could surprise these guys. Obviously, that was not the case."

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