Felix Baumgartner offers UN chief skydiving lesson

By MICHAEL ASTOR | October 23, 2012 | 9:33 PM EDT

In this photo provided by the United Nations, Austrian skydiver, base jumper and daredevil Felix Baumgartner, left, and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon pose for photographers at United Nations Headquarters, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. Baumgartner, who set records with his 24 mile free fall, offered to give Ban skydiving lessons during their photo opportunity. (AP Photo/The United Nations, Rick Bajornas)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Supersonic skydiver Felix Baumgartner wants to teach U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon how to skydive.

Baumgartner made the offer Tuesday during a photo opportunity where the U.N. chief spoke admiringly of Baumgartner's death-defying leap last week from a balloon 24 miles (39 kilometers) above the Earth, breaking the sound barrier and setting a world record.

When Ban said that he had never skydived, the Austrian offered up his services.

"Here's your chance, I'll teach you to skydive," Baumgartner said.

While Ban looked less-than-enthusiastic about the skydiving lesson, he did call Baumgartner "the most courageous person in the world."

Ban's spokesman, Martin Nesirky, told reporters that while the secretary-general usually deals with weighty issues involving conflicts and wars, he also thinks it is important to engage other parts of society.