Mike Metzger Attempts World Record Motorcycle Jump Over Fountains at Caesar's Palace
In conjunction with the May 5 release of Mission: Impossible III and the 40th anniversary of Caesars Palace this August, ESPN and ESPN HD will showcase in a live telecast; X Games gold medalist Mike Metzger as he attempts to set a world record and become the first rider to successfully perform a backflip over the fountains at Caesars Palace. The fountains at Caesars Palace are famous for the legendary motorcycle jump attempted in 1968 by Evel Knievel. "The Impossible Jump presented by Mission: Impossible III" will be produced under the ESPN Original Entertainment banner and air live on ESPN and ESPN HD, May 4 at 8:30 p.m. ET. The world record attempt will also be shown live on ESPN International Networks to more than 33 million homes across the globe.
"Athletes are always looking to progress their sports. Mike’s attempt at a world record over the fountains at Caesars Palace is yet another example on the long list of progression he has fostered in his sport," said Ron Semiao, senior vice president, ESPN Original Entertainment.
Mike "The Godfather" Metzger, age 30, is one of the most influential riders in the history of freestyle motocross. With five X Games medals to his name, three of which are gold, Metzger has been riding motorcycles for more than 25 years. The Menifee, California resident is known for his legendary performance at X Games Eight when he won double gold in Moto X Best Trick and Freestyle, and became the first rider to land back-to-back flips in the history of the sport. Producing the stunt under the auspices of ESPN Original Entertainment is Media X International, Inc. (MXi).