Alpine Skiing World Championships, Beaver Creek
February 3, 2015: Lindsey Vonn raises her arms with joy as she crosses the finish line in Beaver Creek. But her celebration was about more than winning bronze in the Super-G – this was a personal triumph after the hardest comeback of her career. Two years after suffering serious injury in Schladming, the queen of skiing racked up a season record of eight wins and a new world record for the greatest number of victories (67) in the women’s World Cup.
riding the wave
It has to be the stunt of the year: Robbie Maddison surfing the monster waves of the Pacific… on his dirt bike. The video became a worldwide hit in August. “I’d never had such a strong sense that I was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Maddo, after being swallowed up by the ocean several times. “I really did think that this might be the end of my life.”
Chen Chen is getting closer to his dream of learning to fly. Here, it looks as if he’s about to soar over the crowd, and during one dance move, the Taiwanese B-Boy hovered horizontally above the ground before landing safely. Red Bull BC One Taiwan Cypher saw some of Asia’s best breakdancers battle it out one-on-one. Tune in to watch the World Final live from Rome later this month.
This year marked a high point in the career of footballer Neymar. Having clearly put the disaster of the 2014 World Cup behind him, the Brazilian and his team, Barcelona, managed a league and cup double in Spain, as well as winning the Champions League.
Gary Hunt is a phenomenon. On June 20, the Englishman won the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series for the fifth time with this dive from the roof of the Copenhagen Opera House. This was his fourth win in as many competitions. If you can take a shot like this, apply to Red Bull Illume 2016.
rain of joy
On February 1, the New England Patriots won the NFL Super Bowl for the first time in 10 years. Here, Patriots defender Chandler Jones enjoys the confetti shower after beating previous title-holders the Seattle Seahawks.
NIAGARA, NO FALLS
In January, Canadian Will Gadd became the first ice-climber to scale Niagara’s frozen Horseshoe Falls. Armed only with crampons and an ice pick, Gadd conquered the 45m-high wall of ice, which varied in thickness from 3m in some places to just 3cm in others. More than 150 tonnes of freezing water gushed past Gadd’s shoulders at 100kph, and he was hypothermic by the time he reached the top. He still managed a smile at his supersized feat, though.
faster by a head
The man out in front is Usain Bolt – who else? Vilified by some in the press for a supposed loss of form, the fastest man of all time proved with this run on August 23 that they needn’t have worried. The Jamaican won World Championship gold with a time of 9.79 seconds.
Sebastian Vettel celebrates his second F1 victory for Ferrari in July. With him on the podium are the two Infiniti Red Bull Racing drivers, Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo. Just behind them was Max Verstappen in a Scuderia Toro Rosso. That’s a 1-2-3-4 for the Red Bull Junior Team – all four are graduates.