Norwegian death diver Ken Stornes who jumped from a cliff by the height of 31.3 metres (102.7 feet) and allegedly set a new record in cliff diving on 21th August 2021. Image from

Title: Ken Stornes Unleashing the Inner Viking: Filling the Void: Conquering Death Diving,World Records, and Cultivating Mental Health In this captivating episode of the Straight Talk Mind Muscle Podcast, I had the privilege of interviewing Ken Stornes, a remarkable individual who has conquered both the battlefield and the world of extreme sports. Ken, a former member of the renowned Norwegian Telemark Battalion and now a dedicated healthcare worker, shares his inspiring journey of transitioning from military life to civilian life, finding solace in adrenaline-pumping activities, and overcoming adversity. One of the highlights of our conversation was Ken’s passion for Death Diving, a thrilling sport that involves diving belly flop style from great heights into water, and then stapling at the last millisecond. Ken’s eyes sparkled as he recounted his exhilarating experiences, pushing the boundaries of what seemed possible. He spoke of the rush of adrenaline, the intense focus required, and the sheer joy of conquering fear. With each dive, Ken’s confidence grew, and he found himself setting new world records, a testament to his unwavering determination. But Ken’s story goes beyond the realm of extreme sports. He also shared his personal journey of recovery from a serious car crash, which left him physically and mentally shattered. Through sheer resilience and an unyielding spirit, Ken fought his way back to health, defying the odds and proving that the human body and mind are capable of extraordinary things. Throughout our conversation, Ken emphasized the importance of sleep for training and recovery. He recognized that rest is not a sign of weakness but a crucial component of achieving peak performance. By prioritising quality sleep, Ken has been able to optimise his physical and mental well-being, allowing him to continue pushing his limits. Beyond his physical pursuits, Ken spoke passionately about his deep connection with nature. He finds solace in the great outdoors, using it as a source of inspiration and healing. Ken’s love for the environment led him to want to acquire a farmland, where he plans to create a community centered around adventure, personal growth, and mental health.  Through his social media presence and future endeavors, Ken aims to inspire others to embrace their own journeys of self-discovery and find strength in the face of adversity. In closing, Ken Stones is a true testament to the power of the human spirit. Let Ken’s journey be an inspiration to us all, as we strive to create a life filled with self-confidence, resilience, and a deep connection with ourselves and the world around us. You can find Ken on Insta at…

By Michael Kurcina

Mike credits his early military training as the one thing that kept him disciplined through the many years. He currently provides his expertise as an adviser for an agency within the DoD. Michael Kurcina subscribes to the Spotter Up way of life. “I will either find a way or I will make one”.

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