The perils of skateboarding are well known to athletes; however, sometimes those tasked with covering their power moves may find themselves involuntarily face-to-face with the same hazards.
During the men’s park skateboarding preliminaries at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics’ Ariake Urban Sports Park, crowd-favorite, 19-year-old Kieran Woolley of Australia, accidentally crashed into a cameraman while performing a gravity-defying move.
Woolley unexpectedly veered off course and plowed into the cameraman sending him crashing to the ground.
The first-person view of the video captured by the cameraman after the collision immediately went viral on the Internet, and was immediately praised as the professional maintained a firm grip on his equipment even after the fall.
This led to many commending the cameraman’s dedication to his job.
Woolley gave a near-perfect performance in the second round of skateboarding preliminaries that day, but slipped accidentally after jumping on the railing in the last few seconds of the competition.
As the cameraman was in front of Woolley filming his performance, Woolley suddenly lost his balance and the man was hit and fell backward on the spot.
The 19-year-old was seemingly in shock for the first few seconds after the fall and grasped his head in both hands.
However, by that time, the cameraman had already got back onto his feet and re-stabilized his camera.
Ever the professional, the cameraman continued to film as he sat on the concrete, while Wooley checked in to see if he was OK and offered a fist bump. A thumbs-up returned by the cameraman suggested no real damage was done.
The game resumed after the two bumped fists to indicate there were no hard feelings.
The photographer’s footage shows that he was originally filming the skateboard under Woolley’s feet sliding on the railing.
However, as Woolley fell, the first thing that came into the picture was his head wearing a helmet, followed by the fallen photographer’s legs and the sky.
In addition, it also captured him giving Woolley a thumbs up.
Australia's Kieran Woolley ending his run with the rare and difficult back side cameraman-bonk. pic.twitter.com/jxjQ35F4OC
— Kevin Michie (@KevinMichie) August 5, 2021
The video has been a hit on the Internet, with social media users jokingly commenting, “he skated the photographer away”, while others praised the professionalism of tthe photographer.
One commented, “he fell and is still working” while another added, “no matter what the result is, this scene deserves a gold medal.”
Despite the crash, Woolley scored 82.69 for his run and went on to secure qualification for the final from second place in his heat.
However, fellow Australian Keegan Palmer later stunned the rest of the field with a dominant performance to win gold, as Woolley finished fifth.