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Extreme Sports: Beyond Human Limits

Extreme Sports: Beyond Human Limits

Do you really know what it takes? Go inside the minds and bodies of extreme athletes to explore the psychology of their motivations and learn about the science behind some of the riskier sports, such as wingsuit flying, ice and rock climbing, parkour, free diving, and much more. 

The exhibition focuses on the environments in which extreme athletes perform: in the air, on snow and ice, in the water, on the rocks, and on the ground. You will experience these sports through profiles of international athletes illustrating amazing commitment and perseverance. Immersive exhibits and hands-on activities showcase the science, creativity, and innovation in extreme sports and inspire you to learn more about your own personal limits.

The Museum enhanced the experience with profiles of several extreme athletes from Colorado and a Ninja course built by Ninja Nation™. “Colorado is the perfect state for the U.S. debut of this exhibition,” said Dr. Garth Spellman, the Museum’s curator of ornithology and curatorial advisor for Extreme Sports. “Our mountains, snow, skies, and waterways provide the perfect playground for extreme activities that have born world-renowned athletes.”

These are some of the activities that will be fun for families and friends because of the range of challenges:

  • Try out a course developed by actual American Ninja Warriors at Ninja Nation™. (Plan to wear sturdy shoes! No flip-flops, heels, or bare feet allowed.)
  • Virtually race the backcountry slopes.
  • Get a sense of balancing along a high-line.
  • Discover what it’s like to pilot a wingsuit.
  • Take a virtual leap off of a cliff.
  • Traverse kid-sized climbing walls for everyone that test grip and flexibility.
  • Snuggle into a portaledge hanging tent and imagine dozing off on a rock ledge.
  • Test your concentration abilities and your inclination to participate in extreme activities.
  • Trace in the footsteps of a parkour athlete and get into an upside-down halfpipe photo op.
  • Step into the Immersion Room and see what it feels like to ride a mountain bike and a whitewater kayak!

“Even in Colorado, myths about these athletes and their activities persist,” said Dr. Spellman. “Extreme Sports demonstrates the artistry, skill, and training required to pursue these amazing feats of human physicality.”

At-A-Glance Information

WHAT: Extreme Sports: Beyond Human Limits 

WHEN: Friday, September 13, 2019–Sunday, April 12, 2020

WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, 80205

TICKETS: Extreme Sports: Beyond Human Limits is free with general admission. 

HOURS: Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except for December 25.  

The Experience

Extreme Sports: Beyond Human Limits features stories about international athletes, including some from Colorado, immersive exhibits, and activities and challenges for various ages that showcase the science, creativity, and innovation in some of the riskier sports, inspiring you to learn more about your own personal limits.

 

What Are Extreme Sports?

Start plunging into the action as you get a sense of balancing on a high-line and explore the definition of extreme sports.

 

Inside the Mind and Body

Videos take you inside the minds and bodies of extreme athletes to explore their experiences and motivations. You are encouraged to understand the potential consequences of extreme sports, explore your knowledge of first aid, and test your concentration abilities. Activities and quizzes help you discover your own inclination to participate in extreme sports.

 

In the Air

Some sports are executed at breathtaking heights. Learn the mechanics of high-lining as explained by a  professional athlete, explore the physics of piloting a wingsuit, understand the evolution of human-powered flight, and take a virtual leap off a cliff to experience the thrill of flying through the air.

 

Snow and Ice

Experiment with the physics of snowboarding slopes, virtually race backcountry hills as a skier or snowboarder, meet human and canine backcountry rescue teams, and see some of the real equipment used to save lives off the beaten path.  

 

In the Water

Put your breath-holding and balance skills to the test and step into the Immersion Room to see what it feels like to ride a mountain bike and a whitewater kayak!

 

On the Ground

Trace in the footsteps of a parkour athlete. Hear the stories of two athletes at the forefront of wheelchair motocross (WCMX), a sport gaining momentum in the adaptive community. You will also investigate the role of gravity and rotational forces in executing tricks and flips.

 

Ninja Course

Try out a course developed by Ninja Nation. (Plan to wear sturdy shoes; no bare feet or flip-flops. Height restriction applies.)

 

On the Rocks

Dig into climbing-related anatomy, strength, body mechanics, and equipment. Snuggle into a portaledge (hanging tent) and imagine dozing off on a rock ledge. Everyone can test their grip and flexibility on free-standing kid-sized climbing walls.

 

Be Creative! Be Yourself! Be Inspired!

Create a personalized vision board of extreme and not-so-extreme goals, and reflect on some of the inspiring messages and imagery seen and heard throughout the exhibition.

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Science Lounge: Extreme Sports

Thursday, September 19 • 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. • $13 member, $15 nonmember

Enjoy a mind-expanding experience with cocktails and entertainment the third Thursday of the month. For ages 21 and up. This month, explore some of the riskiest activities in the world in the temporary exhibition Extreme Sports: Beyond Human Limits. Find out how the human body responds to mental and physical challenges, and learn about the history of climbing from the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum.

 

Extreme Sports for Families • All ages

Friday, September 20 • 6–9 p.m. • member: $20, adult, $15 child/junior • nonmember: $25 adult,

$20 child/junior

Do you really know what it takes? Explore the temporary exhibition Extreme Sports: Beyond Human Limits. After you have an extreme dinner at the Museum, try your hand at the skills required to master your own extreme sports and work on your own extreme crafts for the whole family!

 

Digital Earth: Extreme Environments

Tuesday, October 8 • 7 p.m. • Gates Planetarium • $8 member, $10 nonmember

Climb to the peaks of Everest and traverse the hottest desert with space science curator Dr. Ka Chun Yu and geologist Dr. Bob Raynolds. With immersive satellite images projected onto the planetarium’s full dome, you’ll be transported to some of Earth’s most extreme environments, no passports or specialized gear required.

 

Buzz! Inside the Minds of Thrill-Seekers

Monday, November 4 • 7 p.m. • Ricketson Auditorium • $12 member, $15 nonmember • Book sale & signing

Most of us crave new experiences and sensations. Whether it’s our attraction to the hottest new burger place or the latest gadget, newness tugs at us. But what about those who can’t seem to get enough? They jump out of planes, climb skyscrapers, and eat anything. They don’t have a death wish but seemingly a need for an adrenaline rush, no matter what. Join Dr. Ken Carter, author of the new book Buzz! Inside the Minds of Thrill-Seekers, Daredevils, and Adrenaline Junkies, as he explores the lifestyle, psychology, and neuroscience behind personalities that seek high sensations. Carter is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Psychology at Oxford College of Emory University.

 

Extremely Indigenous Sports

Wednesday, December 11 • 6:30–8:30 p.m. • Phipps Theater • free

See five short films by indigenous filmmakers. The Fighting Cholitas profiles the Cholitas who perform Lucha Libre in Bolivia. In 4-Wheel War Pony skateboarder-turned-filmmaker Dustinn Craig shows us the world of White Mountain Apache skateboarders. VANS Pass the Bucket with Jeff Ament, follows Ament, bassist and co-founder of Pearl Jam, as he helps to build an epic skate park on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Skate or Die REDBulletin is a profile of the Stronghold Society’s Live Life Movement, focusing on the skate park built on the Pine Ridge Reservation and its impact on Lakota youth. Skateboarding in Pine Ridge chronicles the skate park build at Pine Ridge. Presented in partnership with the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management and the Denver American Indian Commission.

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Colorado Athletes

The Museum enhanced the exhibition with profiles of several extreme athletes from Colorado and a Ninja course created by Colorado-based Ninja Nation. Colorado has become “ground zero” for many extreme athletes because the state’s mountains, snow, skies, and waterways provide the perfect playground for extreme activities.  

 

Brian Arnold

Competitor on American Ninja Warrior

  • Lives in Brighton.
  • Qualified for the National Finals in all six of his seasons on the show.
  • “Last Man Standing” on season five after going further than any Ninja had before.
  • Led the team that won the first Team Ninja Warrior championship.

 

Maureen Beck

Rock and ice climber

  • Lives in Denver.
  • Born without her left lower arm.
  • Has won many national and world championships.
  • Featured in the award-winning documentary Stumped.
  • 2019 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year.
  • Trains staff at climbing gyms to work with adaptive climbers.

 

Geoff Britten

Competitor on American Ninja Warrior

  • Lives in Castle Rock.
  • Qualified for the national finals in all three of his seasons on the show.
  • The only Ninja to have a perfect season.
  • The first to complete all obstacles in the national final, earning him the title of “First American Ninja Warrior.”

 

Tommy Caldwell

Rock climber, skier

  • Grew up in Estes Park.
  • Climbed the Diamond on Longs Peak at 12.
  • Won a World Invitational at 16 and was the only person to complete the course.
  • Survived capture by Kyrgyzstan rebels while climbing there in 2000.
  • Cut off most of his index finger with a table saw prior to his most famous climb (on the Dawn Wall). Many thought his climbing career was over.
  • Featured climber in the film The Dawn Wall in which he and Kevin Jorgeson become the first to climb a seemingly impossible face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Peter Mortimer, one of the filmmakers, also grew up in Colorado and is featured in the exhibition.



Extreme Family: June and Eldon Cornish (grandparents), Staci Suter (mom), Jesse, Kristina, Alexis, and Megan Mascarenas (siblings)

Trail runners, rock climbers

  • Based in Colorado Springs.
  • June and Eldon began a family tradition by having each of their children and grandchildren climb a fourteener at the age of six.
  • June and Eldon became known as “Go Devils” after riding carts with no brakes down the Pikes Peak Cog Railway.
  • Staci, Jesse, and Kristina are trail runners. Kristina won the Pikes Peak Marathon in 2017.
  • Staci, Alexis, and Megan are rock climbers. Staci has won several amateur competitions. Megan won the IFSC Climbing World Cup at age 17 and 18.

 

Andrew Fraser

Skydiver, BASE jumper, wingsuit pilot, high-liner, rock climber, mountain biker, snowboarder

  • Lives in Denver.
  • Was a junior at Columbine High School when gunmen killed classmates and a teacher. The experience motivated him to “get busy living.”
  • Director of a climbing gym and a yoga and skydiving instructor.
  • Sees extreme sports as creative ways to interact with the Colorado environment.

 

Dr. Omer Mei-Dan

Skydiver, BASE jumper, wingsuit pilot, rock and ice climber, snowboarder, mountain biker, diver

  • Orthopedic surgeon with the University of Colorado.
  • Studies the mental, hormonal, and orthopedic aspects of extreme sports.
  • Host and producer of Cutting Edge, M.D., a television series about sports injuries.
  • Has BASE jumped off of the Eiffel Tower with Jeb Corliss, who is also featured in the exhibition.

 

Peter Mortimer

Adventure filmmaker, rock climber, skier, surfer

  • Grew up in Boulder and founded Sender Films there.
  • Studied geology at Colorado College with another adventure filmmaker named Josh Lowell. They teamed up to make The Dawn Wall featuring Tommy Caldwell, who is also featured in the exhibition. 
  • Studied film in Los Angeles, where he learned to surf.

 

David Reyes

Skateboarder

  • Grew up in Denver, skating the streets and Denver Skate Park.
  • As a kid, he hung out at 303 Boards on Colfax (near the Museum) and did odd jobs to earn his first board. The shop is now one of his sponsors.
  • Works with the Sheckler Foundation and Camp Woodward at Copper Mountain to inspire kids who might come from tough situations to find a passion and work hard at it.

 

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Deportes extremos

¿Sabe realmente qué se necesita? La nueva exhibición “Deportes extremos: Más allá de los límites humanos”, que se inaugura en el Denver Museum of Nature & Science el viernes 13 de septiembre, se adentra en las mentes y los cuerpos de atletas de deportes extremos para explorar la psicología de sus motivaciones y la ciencia que hay detrás de algunos de los deportes más riesgosos, como los saltos con trajes aéreos, la escalada en rocas y hielo, parkour, el buceo libre y muchos más. Se puede acceder gratis con la entrada general.

 

Una percepción común es que los deportes extremos son solo para los “adictos a la adrenalina”. A pesar de que estos deportes son emocionantes tanto para los participantes como para los fanáticos, “Deportes extremos: Más allá de los límites humanos” desentraña estos tipos de percepciones erróneas y muestra que estas actividades por lo general implican niveles elevados de destreza técnica intencional y toma de decisiones, esfuerzo físico y mental intenso, así como el uso adecuado de equipo especializado, que se ha convertido en una ciencia en sí.

 

La exhibición se centra en los entornos en los que se desempeñan los atletas de deportes extremos: en el aire, en la nieve y el hielo, en el agua, en las rocas y en el suelo. Los visitantes probarán estos deportes a través de las historias de atletas internacionales, que muestran gran determinación y perseverancia. Las exhibiciones inmersivas y las actividades prácticas muestran la ciencia, la creatividad y la innovación en los deportes extremos e invitan a los participantes a aprender sobre sus propios límites.

 

El museo enriqueció la exhibición con perfiles de varios atletas de deportes extremos de Colorado y una pista de obstáculos Ninja creada por Ninja Nation. “Colorado es el estado perfecto para la inauguración en Estados Unidos de esta exhibición”, afirmó el Dr. Garth Spellman, el curador de ornitología y asesor curador de la exhibición Deportes Extremos del museo. “Nuestras montañas, nieve, cielos y vías fluviales ofrecen el terreno ideal para las actividades extremas que cuentan con atletas oriundos de Colorado reconocidos a nivel mundial.

 

Estas son algunas de la actividades que serán divertidas para hacer con la familia y los amigos debido a la variedad de desafíos:

  • Pruebe un curso elaborado por verdaderos participantes de American Ninja Warrior en Ninja Nation.
  • Corra de forma virtual por las laderas a campo traviesa.
  • Viva cómo se siente hacer equilibrio en una cuerda alta.
  • Descubra lo que se siente volar en un traje aéreo.
  • Dé un salto virtual desde un acantilado.
  • Recorra muros para escalar de tamaño infantil que están diseñados para todos y que ponen a prueba el agarre y la flexibilidad.
  • Acurrúquese en una tienda de campaña colgante e imagine quedarse dormido en la cornisa de una saliente rocosa.
  • Pruebe sus habilidades de concentración y su predisposición a participar en actividades extremas.
  • Siga el rastro de un atleta de parkour y podrá tener la oportunidad de sacarse una foto en un medio tubo patas para arriba.
  • Entre a la sala de inmersión ¡y vea cómo se siente el ciclismo de montaña y el canotaje de rápidos en kayak!

Aun en Colorado, los mitos sobre estos atletas y sus actividades perduran”, comentó el Dr. Spellman. Deportes extremos demuestra el arte, la destreza y el entrenamiento que se requieren para ir en busca de estas hazañas increíbles del físico humano”.

 

La exhibición abrirá todos los días de 9 a. m. a 5 p. m. y se podrá visitar hasta el domingo 12 de abril, con excepción del 25 de diciembre. Para obtener más información, visitar www.dmns.org/extremesports.

 

Deportes extremos: Más allá de los límites fue desarrollada y producida por Science North, Sudbury, Ontario, Canadá, en colaboración con el Ontario Science Centre.

 

Resumen

 

Qué: ¿Sabe realmente qué se necesita? La nueva exhibición “Deportes extremos: Más allá de los límites humanos”, que se inaugura en el Denver Museum of Nature & Science el viernes 13 de septiembre, lo lleva dentro de las mentes y los cuerpos de atletas de deportes extremos para explorar la psicología de sus motivaciones y la ciencia que hay detrás de algunos de los deportes más riesgosos, como los saltos con trajes aéreos, la escalada en rocas y hielo, parkour, el buceo libre y muchos más. El museo enriqueció la exhibición con perfiles de varios atletas de deportes extremos de Colorado y una pista de obstáculos Ninja creada por Ninja Nation de Colorado.

 

Cuándo: viernes 13 de septiembre de 2019 al domingo 12 de abril de 2020

 

Dónde: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, 80205, www.dmns.org

 

Entradas: Deportes extremos: Más allá de los límites humanos es gratis con la entrada general. Para obtener información sobre las entradas, visitar www.dmns.org.

 

Horario: abierta de 9 a. m. a 5 p. m. todos los días, con excepción del 25 de diciembre. 

 

Organizador: Deportes extremos: Más allá de los límites fue desarrollada y producida por Science North, Sudbury, Ontario, Canadá, en colaboración con el Ontario Science Centre.

 

Paquete de prensa: disponible en dmns.org/press-room.

 

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