Thursday, December 23, 2010
December 23, 2010
Levi LaVallee has been released from the hospital and is headed home to Minnesota. He will continue his recovery from injuries sustained in an incident during testing for his planned Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. snowmobile distance jump in San Diego, which was set to be telecast on ESPN. Below is a statement from Levi:
"I am out of the hospital and on my way home to Minnesota. When I jumped 361 feet during testing, I was pumped and felt I could fly even further on December 31 at Red Bull: New Year. No Limits., but unfortunately it didn't work out that way and I will be ringing in the new year a little differently than originally planned. I'm of course disappointed, but the most important thing is that I'm recovering and hope to get back on my sled soon. Thanks to everyone who has wished me well. The amazing amount of support really means a lot. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!" -Levi LaVallee
If you haven't seen Levi's record jump, you can view it at: http://www.redbullusa.com/cs/Satellite/en_US/Video/levi-lavallee-record-breaking-jump-021242939016682
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
RED BULL: NEW YEAR. NO LIMITS.
Levi LaVallee Injury Necessitates Event Cancellation
SANTA MONICA, CA (December 17, 2010) - Levi LaVallee was injured on Tuesday, December 14, while practicing in Southern California for his planned world record snowmobile distance jump at this year's Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. event, set to take place in San Diego on December 31 and telecast on ESPN. LaVallee was immediately transported to a local hospital where he is in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery. As a result of this incident, however, it has been decided that Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. will be cancelled this year.
The safety of Red Bull’s world-class athletes is paramount, and all precautions were taken during LaVallee’s testing sessions to ensure he could perform in the safest-possible setting.
Leading up to the event, LaVallee, 28, from Longville, MN, worked with athlete performance experts, aerodynamics experts and engineers, in addition to his core team, in an effort to get the most out of his body and snowmobile. During testing, LaVallee jumped an astounding 361 feet, eclipsing the existing record by 60 feet. This jump will be submitted for world record certification.
LaVallee has had a very successful career in several snowmobile disciplines. A snocross racer for more than 15 years, he took up freestyle in 2007, and at Winter X Games 12 in 2008, he won the gold medal in the Freestyle and Speed & Style events and was named Athlete of the Games. In 2009, he won the Pro Stock Snocross championship and came thisclose to landing the first-ever snowmobile double backflip at Winter X 13, garnering global media attention. Earlier this year, at Winter X 14, he took gold in the newly-created Snowmobile Knock Out event, his seventh Winter X Games medal.
LaVallee was to be the fourth athlete to star in Red Bull’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration on ESPN, which highlights extraordinary athletes pushing their physical, mental and technical limits to break boundaries and records. Robbie Maddison jumped his motorcycle 322 feet over a football field in Las Vegas in 2007 and followed it up in 2008 by jumping onto – and off – of the 96-foot-tall Arc De Triomphe at Paris Las Vegas. Also in 2008, Rhys Millen backflipped an off-road truck. Last year, Travis Pastrana jumped his rally car 269 feet over water, landing on a barge in Long Beach’s Rainbow Harbor.
For high-res images of LaVallee for editorial use, please visit www.redbullphotofiles.com.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
SANTA MONICA, CA - Levi LaVallee was injured while practicing for his planned world record snowmobile distance jump at this year's Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. event, set to take place in San Diego on December 31 and telecast on ESPN.
Levi was immediately taken to a local hospital where he is in stable condition. We will release more information as it becomes available.
Our thoughts are with Levi and his family during this time.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
For Immediate Release
LONGVILLE, Minn., December 1, 2010 – The first stop on the Amsoil Championship Snocross Series (ACSS) season opened in Duluth, Minn., which also happened to be Team LaVallee’s new Pro rider, Bobby LePage’s hometown.
“It felt awesome starting out this season with a brand new team in my hometown. A lot of friends and family were able to come to the races and it was a lot of fun putting on a show for them and all the fans.” states LePage.
The racing started on Friday for Team LaVallee with Winter X Games qualifying. Team LaVallee’s, Levi LaVallee was chosen as one of the ten SnoCross athletes to be invited to the Games - so now it was up to LePage to get his spot. After a full day of qualifying, LePage earned his XGames invitation by qualifying 5th for Winter X 15.
Saturday and Sunday Team LaVallee was back to Pro Stock and Pro Open racing. With ample weather conditions and more than enough snow, the technical track was designed to please the fans and the riders. With LaVallee sitting out the first two National races, to put time and preparation for his Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. jump, all eyes were focused on LePge.
With Team LaVallee’s Polaris IQ 600’s running great, LePage had good qualifying rounds for both Pro Stock and Pro Open. He missed the final by 2 positions in Pro Stock, but made his way into the Pro Open Final on Sunday with a notable 12th place finish. With a weekend off, the next stop on the ACSS Tour is to be held Dec. 10-11 at Fargo, North Dakota’s Newman Outdoor Field.
Race Results – AMSOIL Duluth National
Pro Super Stock (LePage) Round 1: 1st Round 2: 9th LCQ: 7th Final: ---
Pro Open (LePage) Round 1: 8th Round 2: 2nd LCQ: 3rd Final: 12th
About Team LaVallee: Team LaVallee is one of the hottest up and coming Pro Snowmobile Racing and Freestyle Teams today. Team LaVallee consists of 7-time Winter X Games Medalist and ISOC Pro Stock Champion Levi LaVallee and Pro Rider Bobby LePage. The team competes in all of the ISOC Nationals and the ESPN Winter X Games. The team’s sponsors include; Polaris, Parts Unlimited, Loctite, Walker Evans Shocks, Earth Inc., Rengel Printing, Woody’s, Arctiva, Auburndale Oil, Stratford Sign Co., Kafka Granite, Red Bull, Oakley, ROX Speed FX, DP Brakes, Fraser Steel, Alpinestars, C&A Pro Skis, Stomp Design, Colorado Sled Style, Caliber, Wayne Davis Photography, ThirtyTwo, Etnies, OGIO, and Drift Media. The Team is owned by Levi LaVallee and Glenn Kafka.