Stunt rider leaps fountains at Caesar's

May 5, 2006 at 3:39 PM
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LAS VEGAS, May 5 (UPI) -- Mike Metzger has become the second man in history to jump a motocross bike over the fountains at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, doing a backflip in the air.

Metzger made a perfect landing Thursday night completing a stunt that put Evel Knievel in a 29-day coma in 1968, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. Robbie Knievel succeeded in 1989 where his father had failed.

Sharon Metzger, the legendary motocross stuntman's mother, told the newspaper that she tried to watch, but instead used her hands to block the view. "I remember when I had him and he didn't have a scar on his body," she said.

Metzger has suffered injuries in stunts that did not work out so well that would have convinced almost anyone else not to get on a motorcycle again. They include missing teeth, an arm shattered in a crash and a missing testicle.

Once he completed the stunt, Metzger hugged his wife and son and promised them a trip to Disneyland.

About 10,000 people watched in person and millions more on ESPN. The stunt kicked off Caesar's 40th anniversary festivities and served as an advertisement for the opening of the third "Mission Impossible" movie.

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