Eli Thompson (skydiver)

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Eli Thompson (July 11, 1973 – August 28, 2009) was an American skydiver and BASE jumper.[1][2]

Thompson performed over 13,000 skydives.[3] He was part of the 1996–2000 world champion skydiving team the Flyboyz. Thompson hosted 30 episodes of Stunt Junkies[3] on the Discovery Channel between 2006 and 2007, and worked as an aerial stuntman in Austin Powers in Goldmember.[4] From 2001 until his death he was a professional Red Bull athlete.

Thompson died on August 28, 2009,[1] while performing a wingsuit proximity-flying jump from a helicopter in the Swiss Alps, when he accidentally hit the side of the mountain.

Thompson was married to Sarah Farooqui. Thompson had two children; as of September 2009, his wife was pregnant with his first boy.

Eli was a pioneer in the aerial discipline of freeflying[3] in the skydiving sport along with his Flyboyz teammates.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Eli Thompson 1973-2009". Archived from the original on August 31, 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Eli Thompson Flyboyz Biography". Archived from the original on August 31, 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "Discovery Channel :: Stunt Junkies: Meet the Hosts". Archived from the original on March 4, 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Eli Thompson - IMDb