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World's Fastest Wooden Coaster Opens This Week in Illinois

Goliath was expected to debut last month, but the ride's rollout was pushed back because of "delays in the final touches"

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The upcoming "Goliath" at Six Flags Great America will go 72 miles an hour and features a 165 foot lift and 180 foot plunge. LeeAnn Trotter reports (Published Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013)

Six Flags Great America announced Saturday that the amusement park's newest roller coaster Goliath, which is being hailed as the world's fastest wooden coaster, will open Thursday.

"We are incredibly excited to be so close to debuting this triple world record breaking ride to the public," Six Flags Great America spokeswoman Katy Enrique said in a statement.

The ride is expected to be the world's fastest wooden coaster with the tallest and steepest drop, plunging riders down 180 feet at a near-vertical 85 degrees. It will reach speeds of 72 mph.

Goliath was expected to debut last month, but the ride's rollout was pushed back because of "delays in the final touches," Enrique said.

"The world’s tallest, steepest and fastest wooden roller coaster, Goliath, is coming soon," the amusement park said in a statement. "Thanks to Mother Nature’s freezing temperatures this winter and unseasonably cool and rainy spring, the final touches on Goliath have been delayed."