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Evel Knievel (1938)close

Born in Butte, Montana, Robert Craig Knievel was raised by his grandparents. When he was 8 years old he went to an auto daredevil show and made the decision to become a motorcycle stuntman. An outstanding high school athlete, he participated in track and field, ski jumping, and became a semi professional ice hockey player. He began his daredevil career in 1965 by forming a touring show in which he and others performed motorcycle stunts. Probably his most daring stunt was jumping a motorcycle over the Snake River Canyon.

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