In conjunction with the release of Mission: Impossible III and the 40th anniversary of Caesars Palace this August, ESPN showcases in a live telecast X Games gold medalist Mike Metzger as he attempts to set a world record and become the first rider to successfully perform a backflip over the fountains at Caesars Palace. The fountains at Caesars Palace are famous for the legendary motorcycle jump attempted in 1968 by Evel Knievel. “The Impossible Jump presented by Mission: Impossible III” will be produced under the ESPN Original Entertainment banner.
Mike “The Godfather” Metzger, age 30, is one of the most influential riders in the history of freestyle motocross. With five X Games medals to his name, three of which are gold, Metzger has been riding motorcycles for more than 25 years. The Menifee, Calif. resident is known for his legendary performance at X Games Eight when he won double gold in Moto X Best Trick and Freestyle, and became the first rider to land back-to-back flips in the history of the sport.
“Following someone as influential as Evel Knievel on such a monumental jump as the Caesars fountains is a huge honor for me,” Metzger said about his anticipated jump. “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate 40 years of Caesars Palace history.”
Clips from Windfall Productions “live” TV Special.