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From Red Bull, meet the people pushing the boundaries of sport, adventure, gaming, culture and more. With interviews, discussions and immersive long reads, this is Beyond the Ordinary. Listen to all episodes and discover more about Beyond the Ordinary at redbull.com/BeyondTheOrdinary
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They’re surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery Mother Nature has to offer, but they don’t even notice as they freefall through the air in a descent that comes to an abrupt halt when they hit the water at 85kph… without any protective gear… their bones and muscles protected only by their skin and a swimsuit. Why do they do it, and what does it take to be a cliff diver? Experts in the world of cliff diving share how to prepare the body, mind and emotions for a sport that pushes athletes to the limits, but one that they’re addicted to. Hear from cliff diver Orlando Duque, Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series competition director Hassan Mouti, diving expert Joey Zuber and competition judge Anke Piper.Make sure you hit follow to be the first to hear the latest episodes. Discover more about Beyond the Ordinary at redbull.com/beyondtheordinary.
As a boy, Italian-Iranian Dario Costa dreamed of being an aviator performing daring and spectacular flights, just like his cartoon heroes. Today, Dario is a championship pilot for the Red Bull Air Race Team and a stuntman who’s performed in a Hollywood movie. In September 2021 he fulfilled a life-long ambition, and set five world records, when he flew his plane at 245kph through a 2.26km tunnel along Turkey's Northern Marmara Highway. Hear from Dario and his team to learn what it took to prepare for the flight – from the plane and the tunnel to Dario’s mindset.Watch Dario fly through the tunnel on Red Bull TV now, and stay tuned for the documentary coming soon on Red Bull TV.Make sure you hit follow to be the first to hear the latest episodes. Discover more about Beyond the Ordinary at redbull.com/beyondtheordinary.
Meet Anna Pogossyan and Temirlan Toktabek, founders of Vacant, a revolutionary technology system that enables students to find spaces on campus where they can study. They talk about their entrepreneurial journey, from having just two days to develop their idea, to leaving their jobs and devoting themselves full-time to their new enterprise. In an interview with entrepreneur and investor Daniel Cronin, the Toronto-based duo share what they learned from their experiences, what it was like to stand on stage and pitch at the Red Bull Basement Global Final in Berlin, how it felt to hear their name being announced as the winners.Hear from two more tech entrepreneurs and past winners of Red Bull Basement in this three-part special. Learn more and apply now at rebullbasement.comMake sure you hit follow to be the first to hear the latest episodes. Discover more about Beyond the Ordinary at redbull.com/beyondtheordinary.
Meet Sophie Bolzer, founder and CEO of Audvice, a software solution that enables people to share knowledge with audio (not quite a podcast, not quite an audio book, but somewhere in between). She talks about her entrepreneurial journey to heading up a startup business with global potential. In an interview with entrepreneur and investor Daniel Cronin, the Austrian innovator shares what went into developing the product, the mindset that enabled her to persevere through many ups and downs, what it was like to stand on stage and pitch at the Red Bull Basement Global Final in Toronto, and how it felt to hear her name being announced as the winner.Hear from two more tech entrepreneurs and past winners of Red Bull Basement in this three-part special. Learn more and apply now at rebullbasement.comMake sure you hit follow to be the first to hear the latest episodes. Discover more about Beyond the Ordinary at redbull.com/beyondtheordinary.
Meet Joanna Power and Paramveer Bhachu, founders of Lava, a company that plans to save millions of litres of water a year. They talk about their entrepreneurial journey, from being students with a good idea, to heading up a startup business with global potential. In an interview with entrepreneur and investor Daniel Cronin, they share what went into developing their water-saving Aqua X washing machine, what it was like to pitch at the Red Bull Basement Global Final online event, how it felt to hear their name being announced as the winner, and what the UK-based duo have planned for the future.Hear from two more tech entrepreneurs and past winners of Red Bull Basement in this three-part special. Learn more and apply now at rebullbasement.comMake sure you hit follow to be the first to hear the latest episodes. Discover more about Beyond the Ordinary at redbull.com/beyondtheordinary.
As a girl growing up in Lesotho, Khothalang Leuta never imagined she could become a bike racer – until a pump track was built in her neighbourhood and a dream was born. The odds were stacked against her, but she was determined to succeed. This is the story of how one girl’s courage led to qualifying for the Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships and a new world of opportunity. Now she’s aiming to be the fastest woman in the world. Watch the Fastest Girl in the Village on Red Bull TV, and discover more stories like this on redbull.com/bikeMake sure you hit follow to be the first to hear the latest episodes. Discover more about Beyond the Ordinary at redbull.com/beyondtheordinary.
Becoming Max Verstappen

Becoming Max Verstappen

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From the moment he became the youngest driver ever to win in Formula One in 2016 at the age of 18, Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen has been the sport's brightest light. Now, in the 2021 F1 season, the champs have a genuine challenger snapping at their heels.But who is Max Verstappen and how did he get to this moment? Find the answers here, courtesy of drivers, team-mates, journalists, fans and those closest to him – such as drivers Pierre Gasly, Alex Albon, Liam Lawson and F1 legend David Coultard, F1 commentator Jess McFadyen, BMX champ Twan van Gendt, and Max’s father, ex-F1 driver Jos Verstappen – as well as Max himself. Learn about the Dutch driver's rise from karting prodigy to competing in his first F1 practice session in 2014 for Scuderia Toro Rosso – just a week after his 17th birthday – followed by podium finishes in the world championships in 2019 and 2020. Already, 2021 has been his most successful season to date and Max is primed for the grandest prize of all.Discover more about Beyond the Ordinary and find every episode at redbull.com/beyondtheordinary.
Thousands of athletes worldwide were preparing for what should have been their career highlight. Competitions they had been training for not just weeks and months, but in some cases decades. Dreaming of the prospect of success, winning and gold. Then the pandemic hit and the world stood still – and sport with it. But that didn't mean all the hard work to achieve sporting dreams also had to stop. Hear the inside story of what it’s like for athletes and coaches when training, as they knew it, had to be reinvented. Heptathlete Niamh Emerson tells her story, and York-Peter Klöppel, Head of Mental Performance at the Red Bull Athlete Performance Center in Salzburg, Austria, shares insights on the psychological impact.See more from Niamh, as well as the stories of five other world-class athletes, in the film One Extraordinary Year, available now on Red Bull TV. Go to www.redbull.com/extrayear.Make sure you hit follow to be the first to hear the latest episodes. Discover more about Beyond the Ordinary at redbull.com/beyondtheordinary.
Season Three is available now! Meet the people pushing the boundaries of sport, adventure, gaming, culture and more. With new episodes each Tuesday, make sure you follow to be the first to hear the latest one. Discover more about Beyond the Ordinary and find every episode at redbull.com/beyondtheordinary.
B-Boys RoxRite, Lil Zoo and Neguin come from completely different parts of the world, but the three Red Bull BC One All Stars crew members all have the same thing in common: their lives have been changed forever by breaking.Make sure you hit follow to be the first to hear the latest episodes. Discover more about Beyond the Ordinary at redbull.com/beyondtheordinary.
Have you ever wondered what it really takes to travel to the very limits of human endurance? To do things most mortals couldn’t even dream of? To become superhuman?Ultrarunner Rob Pope and cross-country skier Veronika Mayerhofer, who is also a mental performance specialist at the Red Bull Athlete Performance Center in Austria, talk about how athletes achieve the seemingly impossible – from overcoming immeasurable obstacles to triumphing over physical and mental demons. Hear from marathon swimmer Sarah Thomas, rock climber Emily Harrington and more as they share their experiences.Make sure you hit follow to be the first to hear the latest episodes. Discover more about Beyond the Ordinary at redbull.com/beyondtheordinary.
Meet Belgian paraglider Tom de Dorlodot as he competes in the world’s toughest adventure race: Red Bull X-Alps. For 13 brutal days Tom battled weather, fatigue and demoralising setbacks as he sought to finish the 2021 competition. We tracked him every step of the way as he hiked, ran, climbed and flew, placing microphones wherever we could without compromising his performance. Throughout his journey, he shares his experience of the physical and mental toll it takes to compete in Red Bull X-Alps. Make sure you hit follow to be the first to hear the latest episodes. Discover more about Beyond the Ordinary at redbull.com/beyondtheordinary.
Some people just seem to see the world a bit differently. For a small but growing group of athletes, every city street becomes a potential playground, every sloping roof, every tree or park bench a jumping-off point for adventure.What does it mean to freerun? What gives these athletes such a unique sense of adventure? And how did freerunning become a competitive sport?This episode features professional freerunning athletes Jason Paul, Hazal Nehir and Didi Alaoui as well as freerunning event director Nico Wlcek.Make sure you hit follow to be the first to hear the latest episodes. Discover more about Beyond the Ordinary at redbull.com/beyondtheordinary.
What do you do when faced with fear that makes you freeze? How can athletes manage and offset that fear? What’s muscle memory got to do with it?We explore what it means for athletes to operate at extreme heights; managing their emotions and exercising control over their body and mind.Hear cliff divers Gary Hunt, Aimee Harrison and Rhiannan Iffland, rock climber Emily Harris and sport and exercise psychology expert Dr Jamie Barker as they delve into the psychology of fear.This episode was adapted from two articles on RedBull.com written by Josh Sampiero.Make sure you hit follow to be the first to hear the latest episodes. Discover more about Beyond the Ordinary at redbull.com/beyondtheordinary.
After his pro surfing career stalled, Benn Richardson shifted his career focus. He took to diving for abalone, regularly spending four hours at a time in cold, shark-infested waters off the Tasmanian coast. This is his story.This is a long read taken from redbull.com. Make sure you hit follow to be the first to hear the latest episodes. Discover more about Beyond the Ordinary at redbull.com/beyondtheordinary.
Red Bull X-Alps is an elite adventure race, a unique test of flying skills and physical endurance – and for most of the men and women taking part, a competition they don’t have a hope in hell of winning. For 12 days, this exceptional group of ultra-prepared athletes will hike up into the mountains for altitude, paraglide for hours in pursuit of distance and almost certainly find on landing they’ve lost more ground to a man nicknamed The Eagle who's been untouchable in the event for over a decade.This is a long read taken from redbull.com. Make sure you hit follow to be the first to hear the latest episodes. Discover more about Beyond the Ordinary at redbull.com/beyondtheordinary.
Without a World Cup race under her belt, Austrian 19-year old Valentina "Vali" Höll is already being tipped to dominate downhill mountain biking. She comes from a family steeped in the sports’ history and grew up idolising Rachel Atherton – so we thought why not see what the young rider can learn from her hero?The two of them joined a call ahead of Vali’s home race at Leogang as the pair discussed their determination to win and why preparing to be lonely is vital to achieve success; why you need to avoid blinking as long as possible as you come out the gates; and after a year of racing with no crowds how to deal with the noise and enthusiasm of the fans and their famous cowbells.Make sure you watch the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup all season on Red Bull TV, starting this weekend in Austria, and see how Vali gets on in her debut elite season.
Meet the people pushing the boundaries of sport, adventure, gaming, culture and more. Hear from MTB rider Vali Höll, surfer Benn Richardson, cliff divers Rhiannan Iffland and Gary Hunt, freerunners Jason Paul, Hazal Nehir and Didi Alaoui, B-Boys RoxRite, Lil Zoo and Neguin, paraglider Tom de Dorlodot, and more. With new episodes each Tuesday, make sure you follow to be the first to hear the latest one.Discover more about Beyond the Ordinary and find every episode at redbull.com/beyondtheordinary.
For this bonus episode, we meet Steven – “A regular guy with good job in the city … and in a split second, I was living my life second by second” when he was knocked off his bike on his way to work – and Sam, who injured her spinal cord when she fell from a 20 foot balcony. What have their extraordinary stories got to do with the Wings for Life World Run? Listen to find out. Join this year’s Wings For Life World Run at wingsforlifeworldrun.com Make sure you follow for free to be the first to hear the latest episodes. Discover more about Beyond the Ordinary at redbull.com/beyondtheordinary.
Jump on board Jimmy Spithill’s AC75 yacht as we take you on an immersive ride to the centre of one of the planet's wildest races - The America's Cup. Hear what it sounds like being in the middle of the action with a team functioning in high pressure, at high pace and using the latest global technology to go faster than anyone before on water. Australian Spithill - the Luna Rossa helmsman - shares how his upbringing equipped him to be one of the best in the sport, how he remains unimaginably calm in the heat of battle and how the team work together to hopefully win the biggest prize in sailing. Make sure you follow for free to be the first to hear the latest episodes. Discover more about Beyond the Ordinary at redbull.com/beyondtheordinary.
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