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Fastest man in the world

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By Euronews
Fastest man in the world

<p>He is the fastest man in the world – well the fastest without the boost of an engine. Skis, the slopes and the pulling power of gravity are all Simone Origone needs to smash world records.</p> <p>On Friday the Italian was at it again on French soil – well it’s there underneath all that snow.</p> <p>He raced to an incredible 252.632 kilometres per hour – that’s 156.978 miles per hour in old money.</p> <p>Origone’s eye-watering effort down the specially groomed Chabrieres piste in the French resort of Vars bettered his previous best of 252.254 kph set in March last year.</p> <p>Windy conditions forced the 35-year-old to reduce his start by 25 metres from the optimal peak of Chabrieres which has a 98 percent gradient at its steepest point.</p> <p>That means the Italian, who started skiing when he was just three was hurtling down an all but sheer mountain side.</p> <p>He had already clocked the third fastest time in the history of the sport on Thursday before his incredible feat on Friday.</p>