The Thrill of Extreme Sports

Despite Danger, More Popular Than Ever

Jamison Thibedeau

Extreme sports have become increasingly popular over the past few decades because of the adrenaline-inducing events that take place. Some of the most daring and adventurous people push the limits on what is possibly capable of human ability and courage. Extreme sports have risen in favor and have people wondering if it is worth the risk. Skier Luke Wright, mountain biker Ryan Romero, and skateboarder Miles Bressler know there are countless dangers and exhilarating moments in the sport that consistently shock the world.  

One of the primary reasons why extreme sports have become so popular is the adrenaline rush they provide. The rush of excitement, fear and danger is something that cannot be experienced anywhere else. 

“Extreme sports such as skiing or rock climbing make you feel a sort of adrenaline rush,” Wright said. “People seem to develop a sort of addiction for this feeling.” 

Another factor leading to the popularity of extreme sports is the lessons and benefits they provide. To have a successful life, one must adapt to putting themselves in situations that make them think outside the box.  

“For me personally, extreme sports taught me how to face my fears,” Romero said. “I also noticed that it teaches you how to stay focused in intense situations.” 

However, while extreme sports can be exhilarating and rewarding, they can be incredibly dangerous. Every year countless individuals are injured or killed. Perhaps it is the risk of injury or even death that adds to the sense of excitement and danger

“I agree that extreme sports are risky, but so is every other sport in their own way,” Bressler said. “Extreme sports are more of a high-risk, high-reward type of activity.”