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Skier Slams Into Photographers at Olympics


A champion skier wiped out and slammed into a group of photographers during the women’s giant slalom yesterday at the 2018 Winter Olympics. The scary incident was caught by both broadcast cameras and the photographers’ own cameras.

The 30-second clip above shows Switzerland’s Lara Gut wiping out 17 seconds into her run. Gut hurtles off the course and directly into photographers capturing the event, sending a few of them to the ground.

Thankfully, no one involved in the collision was hurt. And as you can see in the video, several of the photographers immediately lifted their cameras up to continue photographing in the aftermath.

“No, I‘m OK, I‘m OK,” the 26-year-old skier told reporters afterward, according to Reuters. “I asked the photographer if he was OK too and he said he was. I think it’s getting scary to be a photographer on skiing hills.”

One of the photographers involved in the crash was Getty Images photographer Sean M. Haffey, who managed to capture a series of picture-perfect shots of Gut zooming towards him:

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“Sean is all OK as is his gear,” Getty Images director Anne Flanagan tells NBC. “Like a true professional, he was shooting the entire time.”

Gut says she’s planning to be back on the slopes at the Olympic Super-G event on Saturday.

(via Reuters and Fstoppers)