Watch The Moment An Olympic Halfpipe Skier Crashed Into A Cameraman

How many points for landing on the cameraman?

Freestyle skier Jon Sallinen crashed into a camera operator mid-jump at the halfpipe qualifiers at the Winter Olympics on Thursday. In a moment Sallinen will want to soon forget, the error left both the skier and the camera operator down for a brief time.


Pushing too far off the initial wall, Finland’s Sallinen lost control in the second half of the run as his skis took a swipe at the eager camera operator. Sallinen’s previous jump looked a little daring, with Eurosport commentator James Webb noticing the skier’s weight was “too far forward” and beyond recovery. Going into the next jump, Sallinen looked off balance and the lack of stability sent the skier over the edge and into the camera.

Thankfully the crash wasn’t as bad as it could have been. Sallinen’s skis collided with the camera and knocked the equipment out of the operator’s hands and onto the floor. As far as getting a face full of freeski goes, the cameraman seems to have made it out lightly.

Screenshot via Eurosport

“I hope the cameraman is okay, I landed directly on him!”

With the cameraman attended to by his colleagues, Sallinen carefully completed his run, leaving behind a precious extreme close-up and a score of 18 out of a possible 100. The Finn’s low score meant he unsurprisingly finished in last place, but he seemed to care more about the cameraman and less about his score. Speaking at the finish line, the skier expressed his concern: “I hope the cameraman is okay, I landed directly on him!”

What a way to kick off his first Olympic appearance. It might have been a run to forget for Sallinen, but we’re not sure the cameraman will forget this anytime soon. Talk about a story for the pub!

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