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Skiing switch at 80 miles per hour

Norway's Anders Backe sets world record for fastest backward skiing

Updated: June 28, 2012, 6:21 PM ET
By John Symms

Oh, you skiers and your records. Anders Backe set the Guinness World Record for fastest backward skiing downhill earlier this year, reaching 79.97 miles per hour on his twin tips in Vikersund, Norway, his hometown. "It was super fast," Backe said of his backward bomb. "I could barely hang on to my skis."

Skiing backward at almost 80 miles an hour seems wacky enough to be made up. It is. But so is every record, right? Before Guinness minted the backward skiing record for ...

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