Ryan Doyle

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Ryan Doyle
Personal information
Born (1984-09-22) 22 September 1984 (age 36)
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Achievements and titles
World finals

Ryan Doyle (born 22 September 1984) is a freerunner, martial artist, coach, and actor from Liverpool, England, and is a founding athlete of the World Freerunning and Parkour Federation.

Freerunning and parkour interests[edit]

In his teenage years, Doyle trained in the Korean martial art of Kuk Sool Won,[1] and developed his running style by adding his own freerunning movements to the martial arts techniques he had learned.[2] Doyle began his freerunner career by winning the 2007 Art of Motion competition in Vienna. He broke his leg in the competition while attempting a trick from a 12-foot jump during the finals. This left Doyle with a plate on his fibula and a 33 cm bar with 14 screws down the core of his shin bone. Despite this setback, Doyle made a full recovery.[2][1]

Even though he suffers from poor eyesight, Doyle is a two-time winner of the Red Bull Art of Motion competition. He is now officially sponsored by Red Bull energy drink.[2][3]

In 2011 Doyle won the Art of Motion competition again.[4] He received eighth place in the Red Bull Art of Motion 2012 (staged in Santorini, Greece), following a tour applying urban acrobatic techniques at the sites of the seven wonders of the world.[5]

Media attention[edit]

Doyle was a cast member of MTV's Ultimate Parkour Challenge in 2010,[6] and played the role of Finch in the 2011 movie Freerunner.[7]

His "Doyle's Travel Story"[8] won the award for "Best International Series" at the YouTube Streamy Awards (2013)[9]

Competition statistics[edit]

Red Bull Art of Motion[edit]

Single-athlete events
Outcome Year Location
Winner 2007 Vienna, Austria[10]
3rd place 2011 London, UK[11]
8th place 2011 Yokohama, Japan
Winner 2011 São Paulo, Brazil[4]
8th place 2012 Santorini, Greece[5]
Team events
Outcome Year Location Team name
Runner-up 2011 Failaka Island, Kuwait Team Qaruh[12]


  1. ^ a b "Ryan Doyle". World Freerunning and Parkour Federation. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Ryan Doyle". Red Bull. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
  3. ^ Carter, Kelley (3 June 2010). "Parkour is growing by leaps and bounds". ESPN. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
  4. ^ a b Witbrod, Patrick (13 August 2011). "Art of Motion San Paulo: Results". American Parkour. Archived from the original on 20 November 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Red Bull TV - Red Bull Art of Motion 2012". Red Bull. 29 September 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
  6. ^ "MTV's Ultimate Parkour Challenge". MTV. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
  7. ^ Witbrod, Patrick (11 October 2011). "Freerunner; The Movie". American Parkour. Archived from the original on 22 October 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
  8. ^ Ryand Doyle's Travel Story; YouTube.com; retrieved April 2014.
  9. ^ Third Annual Streamy Awards; Streamy Organization online; accessed April 2014.
  10. ^ Nicholas Slayton (24 February 2011). "Ryan Doyle awes USC with Acrobatics". Daily Trojan. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  11. ^ "Tim 'Livewire' Shieff Wins Red Bull Art Of Motion". Parkour.com. 21 March 2011. Archived from the original on 14 August 2011. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
  12. ^ "Red Bull Art of Motion Kuwait Final". Parkour.com. 3 December 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2011.[permanent dead link]

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