Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Fabio: My Bionic Supercousin

Folks, I've been keeping a secret from you. My Roman cousin, Fabio, is a superhero not unlike Spiderman. If you think I'm kidding, at the end of this post I will provide you with audio-visual proof.

If you've been following my adopted Roman family tree, Fabio is Dario's brother. You'll remember Dario, the aspiring actor who had his 15 minutes of fame on the movie set? Needless to say, I am marrying into an extraordinary famiglia.

Have any of you ever heard of parkour? The Wikipedia article defines it like this:

Parkour is a physical discipline inspired by human movement, focusing on uninterrupted, efficient forward motion over, under, around and through obstacles (both man-made and natural) in one's environment. Such movement may come in the form of running, jumping, climbing and other more complex techniques. The goal of parkour is to adapt one's movement to any given obstacle.

I didn't know this existed as a sport until Fabio started doing it. I guess holding the title of world champion in Kung Fu sword fighting wasn't enough. (I think he held this title more than once, actually). So, quite the phenomenon, my little cugino.

Fabio just got back from NYC where he did a parkour exhibition and also shot a special for MTV. I think he might even appear in an Adidas commercial, or there was talk of a sponsorship deal. Parkour originated in France and apparently hasn't really taken off yet in the States, so it was good timing for his trip. I was told that the New Yorkers, generally known for their fearlessness in underground and extreme urban subcultures, told Fabio he was the craziest of them all. This was to be taken as quite the compliment! Bravo cuginetto!!

So, without further ado, I invite you to watch these videos, and judge for yourself whether or not Spiderman has come to life on the outskirts of Rome.



9 comments:

Expat Traveler said...

well what can I say, when you got it, you got it... I'd love to be able to do some of that!

African Kelli said...

Get out! What a talented and strange crew! Love this. He's cute too!

anton said...

I've seen young men doing this in London (on tv)! I think they call it something different, they don't use the snazzy name of 'Parkour'. The You Tube vid was nice, but it's a shame that it was an artificial environment. In London they did it all around the buildings on the Thames. It's cool cuz they look like they're terrorizing pedestrians, but they're not! They just run around and go up and over things.

Kim said...

Very cool video. That is amazing to watch. Some of the things they do are crazy (in the cool way)! Eat your heart out Spiderman!

Elizabeth said...

That was pretty cool. So effortless! I'd love to have that much energy.

Anonymous said...

I've seen guys do this in New York. They make it look so easy but they are super athletes.
Great Video.

Ekimrue said...

Reminds me of my youth....or, maybe not....I have trouble remembering that far back but when I do it always comes out like American Graffiti. Way to go Fabio!!

Gracie said...

Well, I guess you don't have to have a sore back or athritis to do this, right? Your cousin has never thought about a movie's stuntman career?

Tracie B. said...

good god! i'll have what he's having...