There are certain traits that one needs to possess to be an awesome daredevil; they are speed, calm and the unknowing truth that you will be triumphant in the end. Being a master of the craft means also means that one must be able to execute those stunts seemingly effortlessly. One must not forget that said daredevil’s life is hanging in the balance all for our entertainment and the glory of being called the best of the best.
While this may be debatable to a few people, the many all agree that the most legendary daredevil to have ever lived was born on October 17, 1938 and named Robert Craig Knievel. Robert was an American daredevil known to the world as Evil Knievel, known around the world for dazzling his audience by performing death defying motorcycle jumps. During his life span he made more than 75 jumps, some amazing successes and some bone cracking failures.
Born in Butte Montana, Knievel developed his persona after a night spent in jail with a cell mate named William Knoful, who the officers rightly called Awful Knoful. Knievel took some inspiration from his mate’s rhyming nickname and branded himself Evil Knievel, and thereby taking the first step to becoming one of the most prolific daredevils the world had ever seen.
Robert Knievel became an electric crowd performer suited up in what became his signature leather jumper. Some of his most notable stunts include the Caesar Palace jump (where he attempted to jump a 141 foot fountain), the Snake River Canyon jump and the Wembley Stadium jump.
The need to be the first to accomplish these acts of amazingness motivated Knievel to push himself to greatness. When interviewed in 1968 Knievel said “I don’t care if they say, ‘Look, kid, you’re going to drive that thing off the edge of the Canyon and die,’ I’m going to do it. I want to be the first. If they’d let me go to the moon, I’d crawl all the way to Cape Kennedy just to do it. I’d like to go to the moon, but I don’t want to be the second man to go there.” His insatiable need to be the pioneer of these stunts is what propelled Knievel to keep trying to outdo himself, even if ended up failing; one of the most notable was the snake river jump, where he was propelled by a powered rocket and attempted to jump the river, but instead the rocket came down in flames and landed in the river .
But failure is nothing new to a daredevil and Evel Knievel knew this, having had more than 10 crash landings and unsuccessful jumps. However, he never stopped, continuously pushing his body to the limit, through broken ribs and other bones, the man just never stopped. His skill, flair, endurance, determination, his ability to conceive those crazy ideas and what some may call hard-headedness is what makes Evel Knievel the most daring daredevil to ever live, even to this day. .