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Ride down ski slope in giant inflatable ball turns deadly in Russia
Associated Press ^ | Published January 09, 2013

Posted on 01/09/2013 7:55:14 AM PST by BenLurkin

What was supposed to be a thrilling ride down a ski slope inside a giant inflatable ball ended in tragedy for the two Russian men inside.

The transparent plastic ball -- called a zorb -- veered off course and sailed over a precipice in the rugged Caucasus Mountains of southern Russia.

The man who died, 27-year-old Denis Burakov, was with friends at the Dombai ski resort, where they frequently went snowboarding, on Jan. 3 when he decided to take a ride in a zorb being operated next to a beginners' slope. His friend Vladimir Shcherbakov joined him.

An eight-minute video taken on Burakov's phone by one of his friends shows the two men being fitted into harnesses inside the zorb, which consists of two polyurethane balls with a layer of air between them. The zorb is then released to roll down the hill, the two men spinning inside.

But the zorb bounces off of the intended path, and a man waiting for it at the bottom of the hill tries in vain to catch the ball before it pops over a rocky ledge and disappears down a gorge below Mount Mussa-Achitara.

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Outdoors; Sports
KEYWORDS: caucasusmountains; russia; skiing; zorb
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1 posted on 01/09/2013 7:55:21 AM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin
Fatal zorb
2 posted on 01/09/2013 7:58:15 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: BenLurkin

Ban Zorbs. Execute anyone who mentions personal responsibility.


3 posted on 01/09/2013 7:59:44 AM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: BenLurkin

Vladimir, hold my vodka...


4 posted on 01/09/2013 7:59:50 AM PST by Marshall 4x12 (Remind me which country this is?)
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To: BenLurkin

Is the life expectancy of Russian men still 47 years?


5 posted on 01/09/2013 8:00:52 AM PST by proxy_user
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To: BenLurkin

Time to legislate mandatory parachutes in Zorbs.


6 posted on 01/09/2013 8:01:06 AM PST by Lazamataz (LAZ'S LAW: As an argument with liberals goes on, the probability of being called racist approaches 1)
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To: Lazamataz; All

Short Video of the incident: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19gFJnrmiO0


7 posted on 01/09/2013 8:04:34 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

Comes with barf bags?


8 posted on 01/09/2013 8:05:40 AM PST by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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To: BenLurkin

Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.


9 posted on 01/09/2013 8:06:02 AM PST by Biff55 (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets.)
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To: BenLurkin

Rolling down a mountain in an overgrown beach ball....What could go wrong?


10 posted on 01/09/2013 8:06:51 AM PST by wrench
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To: BenLurkin

We used to roll down a small hill inside a tractor inner tube into the local river. A fun time.


11 posted on 01/09/2013 8:07:26 AM PST by riverrunner
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To: bboop

They put you in the barf bag.


12 posted on 01/09/2013 8:07:32 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: BenLurkin

Geez, what could go wrong???


13 posted on 01/09/2013 8:08:14 AM PST by mfish13 (ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES!!!!)
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To: BenLurkin

Gravity. It’s the law.


14 posted on 01/09/2013 8:10:27 AM PST by chrisser (Senseless legislation does nothing to solve senseless violence.)
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To: BenLurkin

And you would want to make a basketball of yourself because?


15 posted on 01/09/2013 8:13:41 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (TYRANNY: When the people fear the politicians. LIBERTY: When the politicians fear the people.)
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To: BenLurkin

Like ZZTops ‘Master of Sparks’


16 posted on 01/09/2013 8:14:04 AM PST by stuartcr ("I upraded my moral compass to a GPS, to keep up with the times.")
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To: Berlin_Freeper
I wonder when the OH Sh’t moment was most likely when they hit the first rocks and became air borne.
17 posted on 01/09/2013 8:14:31 AM PST by riverrunner
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To: BenLurkin

Truly heroic effort on the part of the “catcher” to avert tragedy at the base of the run. The man ran like a deer over deep snow trying to deflect their course, but to no avail.


18 posted on 01/09/2013 8:16:30 AM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: BenLurkin
I was hoping it was this guy in the giant ball.

I hate his movies but like his attitude about French taxes.

19 posted on 01/09/2013 8:17:50 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: BenLurkin

Geez, what could go wrong???


20 posted on 01/09/2013 8:20:14 AM PST by mfish13 (ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES!!!!)
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To: BenLurkin

Don’t try this at home kiddies - this is best left to trained professionals.


21 posted on 01/09/2013 8:20:36 AM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: stuartcr

The lyrics look like they could have been in a Blue Oyster Cult song!


22 posted on 01/09/2013 8:20:36 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: PowderMonkey

Yes, but there is a serious flaw in the design of their Zorb course.


23 posted on 01/09/2013 8:22:21 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

Their best album


24 posted on 01/09/2013 8:23:23 AM PST by stuartcr ("I upraded my moral compass to a GPS, to keep up with the times.")
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To: BenLurkin
I saw something like this on "1,000 Ways to Die." Weren't these two guys,though.
25 posted on 01/09/2013 8:44:01 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: BenLurkin

Who wouldn’t want to roll down a snow covered mountain into a rocky abyss in a giant inflatable barf bag?


26 posted on 01/09/2013 8:46:33 AM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: KeyLargo

Is that Gerard the Hutt?


27 posted on 01/09/2013 8:49:30 AM PST by Disambiguator
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To: BenLurkin

Get Down with Gravity.


28 posted on 01/09/2013 8:51:22 AM PST by Conservative4Ever (I'm going Galt)
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To: BenLurkin

2013 Darwinovich Award Winners


29 posted on 01/09/2013 8:56:02 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: BenLurkin

It would take a heart of stone not to laugh. Too bad they didn’t video the whole ride downhill.


30 posted on 01/09/2013 8:56:11 AM PST by DickBrannigan (When did logic become reversed, and right became wrong, and wrong became right?)
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To: wrench

Stupid is as stupid does. Not only does this not look like the least bit enjoyable, any idiot can see the obvious dangers. My guess, since it was in Russia, that lots of Vodka was involved, by everyone involved.


31 posted on 01/09/2013 9:02:38 AM PST by Tea Party Terrorist (Your tattoo looks stupid.)
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To: DickBrannigan

You play schtuppid games, you vin schtuppid prizzes


32 posted on 01/09/2013 9:05:02 AM PST by freedomlover
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To: PowderMonkey

I’ll say. He was really moving to catch them/block the path. A heroic effort.


33 posted on 01/09/2013 9:08:59 AM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: BenLurkin
Yes, but there is a serious flaw in the design of their Zorb course.

No shiite. What could go wrong with a short downhill course that ends at the edge of a precipice?

34 posted on 01/09/2013 9:10:09 AM PST by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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ТРИМАЙТЕ МОЮ ПИВА!!!
35 posted on 01/09/2013 9:14:22 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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36 posted on 01/09/2013 9:22:03 AM PST by Brightitude
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The man who died, 27-year-old Denis Burakov, was with friends at the Dombai ski resort, where they frequently went snowboarding, on Jan. 3 when he decided to take a ride in a zorb being operated next to a beginners' slope. His friend Vladimir Shcherbakov joined him.

In Russia, beginner's slope next to ender's slope.

37 posted on 01/09/2013 9:26:47 AM PST by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: DickBrannigan
I laughed, without irony, when I watched the clip on LiveLeak, very early this morning. It takes a few minutes, but the zorb's disappearance around the bend, accelerating out of sight was too priceless.

To die for... entertainment.

In the immortal words of Daffy Duck, great trick, but I can only do it once.

38 posted on 01/09/2013 10:13:50 AM PST by Prospero
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Actually, it is a lot of fun, and there are dozens of Zorb runs in the United States. None of which have a deep gorge at the bottom of the hill.

In some places, you can choose a “water zorb”, where they put water into the ball with you, and it’s like a water slide.

I haven’t done one of these yet, simply because a single run is very expensive everywhere I’ve been that has them. More expensive even than the zip lines, which are usually pretty expensive, because of the insurance.

But I’ve watched videos of people doing this, and they are all having a blast. And I spoke with one woman who did it who loved it and said she’d do it again.


39 posted on 01/09/2013 10:20:13 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: BenLurkin
Zorb Official Website
40 posted on 01/09/2013 10:21:09 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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Tragic for their loved ones

Entertainment for freepers


41 posted on 01/09/2013 10:26:31 AM PST by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Seems like I’d get pretty dizzy. I’ve done some of the longest and highest zip lines in the world in Arenal, CR and did not enjoy them...scared of heights, I guess. Same with hot air balloon. Terrified the entire time.


42 posted on 01/09/2013 10:52:23 AM PST by Tea Party Terrorist (Your tattoo looks stupid.)
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To: riverrunner

We had a fifty gallon drum with the top cut out of it. Great times.


43 posted on 01/09/2013 11:13:52 AM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Superciliousness is the essence of Obama)
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To: Tea Party Terrorist

I did my longest zip line in Tulum, Mexico. 1.5 miles, 100 feet above the ground. Can’t recall what the longest run was but, I’m going to Tahoe this summer and ride that one.

Love zip lines.


44 posted on 01/09/2013 11:21:26 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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The zip lines in Arenal are in a beautiful setting and the Arenal area of Costa Rica is great for adventure travel. The zip line experience had about 6-7 runs through the mountains and the longest one is about a mile, I believe.


45 posted on 01/09/2013 11:25:17 AM PST by Tea Party Terrorist (Your tattoo looks stupid.)
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Yeah, looked it up and would love to go...for the women...


46 posted on 01/09/2013 11:30:41 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: BenLurkin

Dumb ways to die....so many dumb ways to die...


47 posted on 01/09/2013 11:31:49 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: BenLurkin

The good news is he’s got a dead-sure case for a refund.


48 posted on 01/09/2013 11:32:31 AM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: BenLurkin

More stupid human tricks.


49 posted on 01/09/2013 11:35:27 AM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: Tea Party Terrorist

Here’s a video of the one I rode. (I’m not in the vid)

I’m pumped thinking about this again.

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=qSKaqCsahIY&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DqSKaqCsahIY


50 posted on 01/09/2013 11:36:45 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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