This is a guest blog post by Daniel Hayes, PE, PMP
Evel Knievel is a ‘60s and ‘70’s era stunt performer and daredevil. He was often seen on ABC’s Wide World of Sports on Sunday afternoons, jumping his motorcycle over cars trucks and buses. A venerable showman, Knievel is most famous for the televised attempt to jump the Snake River Canyon in Idaho in a steam powered rocket. He owns the Guinness Record for having broken 433 bones when the human body has only 206 bones. He also literally jumped the shark, in 1977.
Knievel made more than 81 ramp to ramp motorcycle jumps from 1965 – 1977. He was successful 63 times. While his success percentage is high, his failures were extremely high risk. Broken bones, punctured organs. Yet, Knievel kept jumping.