Reporter Rides Six Flags' New Goliath Roller Coaster

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    Goliath is billed as the world's fastest wooden roller coaster.

    Six Flags Great America's Goliath wooden roller coaster -- billed as the world's fastest -- opens to the public on Thursday, but NBC's Today Show got a sneak peek firsthand experience on the new ride.

    Goliath features the tallest and steepest drop, plunging riders down 180 feet at a near-vertical 85 degrees and reaching speeds of 72 mph.
    Goliath By the Numbers
    "That's part of our job, to make people scream," Six Flags corporate engineer Lee Stellhorn said.

    Watch Today Show correspondent Kevin Tibbles take the plunge on Goliath.