Michael Schumacher turns 45 today, as we wish for continued recovery

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UPDATE, 12:30 p.m. ET: The Schumacher family has offered this message after today’s vigil:

“The incredible sympathies shown today by the Ferrari Fans outside the hospital has utterly overwhelmed us and moved us all to tears. We are deeply grateful for it and also for all the heartwarming and heartfelt wishes for Michael to get well soon, which have reached us from all over the world.”

Today is Michael Schumacher’s 45th birthday. The seven-time Formula One World Champion is still in critical condition after his skiing accident suffered on Sunday; fans will gather outside the University Hospital Center in Grenoble, France today for a “silent and respectful rally.” As was the case on Thursday, there are no updates expected from either the medical team or Schumacher’s manager, Sabine Kehm.

In the meantime, we picked a selection of some of Schumacher’s memorable moments in F1. The only problem with that is, when you’re the most successful driver in history and have won 91 races and seven titles, you’re bound to leave out a few.

Feel free to leave some of your most memorable Schumacher moments in the comments section.

2012 European Grand Prix, Schumacher’s final podium

2006 Chinese Grand Prix, Schumacher’s final win

2004 French Grand Prix, Schumacher wins with four pit stops

2002 Belgian Grand Prix, Schumacher set a then-record 10th win of the year (now is 13)

2000 Belgian Grand Prix, Schumacher and Mika Hakkinen’s legendary scrap

1998 British Grand Prix, Schumacher wins in the pits

1996 Spanish Grand Prix, Schumacher’s first win for Ferrari

1994 Brazilian Grand Prix, Schumacher vs. Senna for the win

1991 Belgian Grand Prix, Schumacher makes his debut for Jordan

Sports imitates art with Tyler Bereman’s Red Bull Imagination course

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This past weekend riders took on the Red Bull Imagination, a one-of-a-kind event conceived by Tyler Bereman – an event that blended art, imagination, and sports.

In its third year, Red Bull Imagination opened to the public for the first-time, inviting fans to experience a more personal and creative side of the riders up close and personal.

As the event elevates its stature, the course gets tougher. The jumps get higher and the competition stouter. This year’s course took inspiration from a skatepark, honoring other adrenaline-laced pastimes and competitions.

“There’s a ton of inspiration from other action sports,” Bereman told Red Bull writer Eric Shirk as he geared up for the event.

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Bereman was the leading force in the creation of this event and the winner of its inaugural running. In 2022, Bereman had to settle for second with Axell Hodges claiming victory on the largest freeride course created uniquely for the Red Bull Imagination.

Unlike other courses, Bereman gave designer Jason Baker the liberty to create obstacles and jumps as he went. And this was one of the components that helped the course imitate art.

Baker’s background in track design comes from Supercross. In that sport, he had to follow strict guidelines and build the course to a specific length and distance. From the building of the course through the final event, Bereman’s philosophy was to give every person involved, from creators to riders, fans and beyond, the chance to express themselves.

He wanted the sport to bridge the valley between racing and art.

Tyler Bereman uses one of Red Bull Imagination’s unique jumps. Garth Milan / Red Bull Content Pool

Hodges scored a 98 on the course and edged Bereman by two points. Both riders used the vast variety of jumps to spend a maximum amount of time airborne. Hodges’s first run included nearly every available obstacle including a 180-foot jump before backflipping over the main road.

The riders were able to secure high point totals on their first runs. Then, the wind picked up ahead of Round 2. Christian Dresser and Guillem Navas were able to improve their scores on the second run by creating new lines on the course and displaying tricks that did not need the amount of hangtime as earlier runs. They were the only riders to improve from run one to run two.

With first and second secured with their early runs, Hodge and Bereman teamed up to use their time jointly to race parallel lines and create tandem hits. The two competitors met at the center of the course atop the Fasthouse feature and revved their engines in an embrace.

Julien Vanstippen rounded out the podium with a final score of 92; his run included a landing of a 130-foot super flip.