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How top athletes manage their career, develop their skills outside of their #sport, and rethink their future.
Those who went from one #sport to another
Sébastien Loeb – a gym kid turned rally champion
A world-famous driver with nine consecutive World Rally Championship titles, the Frenchman just finished his first Dakar in 9th place. But few know Loeb was a noted junior gymnast, once placing 5th in the French National Championships.
Adam Malysz – Poland’s ski jumping star just finished his 5th Dakar
A four-time Olympic medal-winning ski jumper, Malysz retired in 2010 and moved to cars before entering his first Dakar Rally in 2012. He hasn’t stopped since.
Felix Baumgartner – #extreme athlete turned rally driver
The Austrian jumped to Earth from the edge of space in October 2012. He is now starting a new career as a race driver.
Christian Schiester – the ultra runner is planning a circumnavigation
Antarctica, Marathon des Sables, Jungle Marathon, Sahara Race – he’s run everywhere, but the Austrian now wants to sail around the world.
Those who turned entrepreneurs
Robbie Naish – the windsurfer genius now runs his own business
Having gained international fame as a windsurfer, the American is now selling sailboards, sails, and kitesurfing equipment worldwide under his name.
Susi Mai – a kite-boarding pro turned social entrepreneur
Crowned Red Bull Queen of the Air in 2003, Mai is a kite-boarding legend who founded MaiTai and became a Patron of the KiteRight Charity in 2012, using kite-sports to help change the lives of individuals with physical, mental, or learning disabilities.
Freeskier Bene Mayr – now a bar owner
Halfpipe, backcountry, snowpark: the German acrobat has tried everything. He even went to the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 – but he also runs his own bar in Munich.
Jason Paul – free runner and fashion designer
Who better than Paul knows what’s best to wear to run, jump and do flips and tricks? The German free runner, a regular champion at Red Bull Art of Motion, has created Farang Clothing, “the 1 parkour and freerunning clothing brand”.
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