When you’re a kid, you usually have improbable career goals (I’m going to be Superman!), but Jordan “Jet” Temkin really did learn to fly—sort of. Last year, the Fort Collins resident won the Drone Racing League’s inaugural world championship, earning a $100,000 contract to become the first professional drone racer. (Viewers can watch him defend his title when ESPN begins broadcasting the DRL’s second season on June 20.) In this futuristic sport, Temkin pilots high-tech drones with front-facing cameras through neon gates in diverse venues—the Miami Dolphins’ NFL stadium, an old car factory in Detroit—earning points each time he passes a checkpoint or crosses the finish line. He wears goggles similar to virtual reality headsets that give him an up-close view of what his robot sees as it cuts around corners and narrowly avoids collisions.