Pro Skier Sammy Carlson Amazes With Soaring, 24-Story Jump

Sammy Carlson launched 500 feet in the air.

— -- Newly-released video shows professional skier Sammy Carlson launching 500 feet into the air and jumping backwards on Copper Peak, a ski jump in Michigan billed as the largest ski jump in the Western Hemisphere.

The jump made Carlson, an X Games medalist and Portland, Oregon, native, the first skier to hit a “ski-flying” long jump with freestyle intent, according to production agency Teton Gravity Research.

The agency partnered with Carlson to release “The Sammy C Project,” an inspirational film shot across North America. The film was released this week on iTunes.