Meet the world's fastest woman in a wingsuit

Ellen Brennan in full flight

Introducing Ellen Brennan, a New York Yankee in the French court of extreme sports

Chamonix is the world’s capital of wingsuit or BASE jumping, an incredibly dangerous sport, involving jumping off the top of a mountain wearing only a lightweight wingsuit.

It is home to Ellen Brennan, the world’s fastest flying woman, who won the title at the World BASE Race in Romsdalen, Norway. A base jumper, she reaches speeds of around 180kph, jumping off something high (a mountain peak, a clifftop, a high bridge) while wearing a wingsuit, which acts like glider wings, allowing her to ‘fly’.

“I got into extreme sports when I was 18,” she told The Connexion. “Before that I was a cheerleader!”

Born in New York, she and her family moved to the mountains in Utah when she was 10. At 18, she went parachuting with her father, did a tandem freefall jump with an instructor, and fell into a new life.

“I was in love straight away, it was ...

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