Americana: Marathon Man

Not one to coast on his past achievements, Richard Rodriguez, 22, was riding high last week on the Florida Hurricane near Orlando. He already held four Guinness world records for roller-coaster riding, his first at age 18 with 104 hours aboard Coney Island's celebrated Cyclone. Now he was out for his fifth, this time on the Hurricane, which climbs and plunges along a 3,500 ft. course for two minutes at speeds of up to 60 m.p.h.

Rodriguez had trained for weeks, carefully strengthening his stomach muscles with daily sit-ups and pushups. Good thing, since...

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