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Felix Baumgartner returns home to Austria

October 27, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner was welcomed back home as a hero in his native Austria following his death-defying free fall.

The skydiver returned home Saturday, two weeks after landing safely in a southeastern New Mexico desert following his 24-mile jump from the edge of space.

The daredevil was greeted by reporters in his home city of Salzburg. He's known around the world as the first person to reach supersonic speed without traveling in an aircraft.

Baumgartner says preparing to jump was a "very, very overwhelming" experience."

He added that his success was the result of years of planning.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.