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Minnesota man hopes to extend snowmobile-jump record

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Dec 27, 2011 at 7:57 am

LONGVILLE, Minn. (AP) - A central Minnesota man is hoping to extend his world record for longest snowmobile jump, by jumping more than the length of a football field.

Levi LaVallee of Longville set the current record last year with a jump of 361 feet. But he crashed on a subsequent jump, fracturing ribs, vertebrae and his pelvis.

That hasn't dissuaded him from wanting to try again. The 29-year-old will attempt another jump Saturday in San Diego. He'll be jumping side-by-side with Robbie Maddison, an Australian who'll be trying to break the world record for longest motorcycle jump at 391 feet.

LaVallee's mother tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press she's "totally nervous.'' She says she's always a little bit uncomfortable when her son is falling out of the sky.

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