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Discovery Will Televise Joby Ogwyn's Live Mount Everest Jump

Joby Ogwyn courtesy of Discovery

Discovery's next big TV event is not for the faint of heart. Or for those afraid of heights. Or the cold. Or falling off a mountain. The network's next live TV event will feature Joby Ogwyn leaping from the summit of Mt. Everest. Don't worry, he'll be equipped with a wingsuit.

Viewers in 224 countires will be able to watch Ogwyn's jump live in May 2014.

"This is history in the making," Eileen O'Neill, group president of Discovery and TLC Networks, said in a statement. "Discovery Channel continues to bring live broadcast events unlike anything you'll see on television—from Felix Baumgartner's world record for the highest space jump to Nik Wallenda's incredible tightrope walk across the Grand Canyon."

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Discovery will chronicle Ogwyn's journey with two one-hour pre-shows that will document his training and preparations for Everest. He'll do test jumps in California, Florida, Utah, the Swiss Alps and the Himalayas.

The live event will follow the jumper as he makes his way to the summit and takes the plunge from the top. The wingsuit will be equipped with cameras to give viewers a bird's eye view.

This isn't Ogwyn's first experience with Everest. He was the youngest American to summited the world's highest peak and in 2008 he set the record for the fastest ascent of Mt. Everest.

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Joby Ogwyn courtesy of Discovery

"This will be the final piece of my dream. Ever since I was a kid, I've imagined what it would be like to fly. I can't think of a more spectacular backdrop than Everest," Ogwyn said in a statement. "Everything that I've ever accomplished in my life has just been practice for what I'm about to do."

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