how will he ever know if he has the skills to do it if he never tries it?
``It wasn't some yahoo stunt,'' Pierre said. ``I chose to do it so it would open up doors so I could witness my faith in Christianity.''
About 100 feet into the jump, Nielsen said Pierre couldn't keep his skis under him and went upside down. He landed headfirst and blew a hole 6 feet deep into the snow.
Nielsen said a photographer rushed in and dug Pierre out of the snow.
``Jamie pretty much walked away with a cut lip,'' he said.
Pierre said he was lucky to be alive.
``I'm lucky I didn't get hurt,'' he said.
Pierre said he landed in the perfect spot.
``I hit the nail on the head,'' he said. ``The fact that I came out unscathed and landed where I planned _ faith played a role in it.''
Pierre said he took grief from his wife and parents for his jump. He was born in Minnesota and moved first to Crested Butte, Colo., and then to Salt Lake City to ski.
Teton Gravity Research, a company that specializes in filming radical ski feats, measured the distance from the cornice to the landing hole with a range-finder to confirm the world record, he said.
Five photographers and three cinema shooters recorded the event, said Josh Nielsen of Teton Gravity Research.