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MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011, 7:13 A.M.

Skier helmet cam records giant leap in the Alps

EXTREME SKIING --  Free skier Matthias Giraud and his skiing partner Stefan Laude used skill, guts and high-definition GoPro helmet-cams recently to film a carefully planned stunt that lets us soar with them through the French Alps.

On his website, Giraud says he and Laude -- both expert skiers and skydivers -- wore avalanche location devices and had a helicopter rescue team on standby.

Laude parasailed and filmed from overhead as Giraud skied the ridge line leading to the cliff..

Giraud said, "It was probably the best run of my life." If you've followed his career, that's saying something.

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Rich Landers
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