Finnish ski star Jon Sallinen tried his best to successfully run in the semi-finals, but an error sent him flying out of control and crashing into the camera operator.
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Jon Sallinen had hoped to make it through Thursday’s knockout session unscathed so he could continue his quest for Beijing 2022 glory.
But a misjudgment caused all of that to disappear out of the window, and left both the skier and cameraman lying in ruins after a dramatic collision.
Sallinen lost control as soon as he got close to the lips of the pipe to perform a trick, resulting in him losing all control as he ascended into the air.
Instead of turning safely still inside the pipe, he flew over the edge and knocked a camera out of the hands of its operator, who tripped in the snow.
Fortunately, neither of them appeared to be seriously injured, as the camera operator soon regained his composure and Sallinen managed to get back into the pipeline and complete his run.
The skier later blamed the snowy weather at Genting Snow Park.
“I wasn’t even sure if I was going to be skiing on my second run after the collision, I hope the cameraman was okay, I landed right on him,” he said.
Sallinen played slightly better in the second run, leaving the judges completely unimpressed with a score of 18.50, leaving him at the bottom of the standings.
That result means he is not one of 12 skiers to reach the men’s final.
Quality check has been much better for Team GB Gus Kenworthy, however, he did enough to break through in last place in the top 12.
The Briton should have feared the worst after the opening run, yielding only 8.50 points, but a much better second attempt saw him score 70.75 to take the athlete’s challenge Kiwi Ben Harrington skier.
“I could have done more than that. My first run I fell and then really didn’t want to fall again, so I decided to be a little more moderate with [second] run,” Kenworthy said.
“Unfortunately, I didn’t put it down as clearly as I could have and the judges were pretty harsh with me for that, it was, but it wasn’t the position I wanted.
“I feel so grateful that I made it to the final, and the final is a new day.”
There was also some success for Team GB in the women’s qualifiers, as 19-year-old Zoe Atkin put in a strong performance to finish fourth and raise medal hopes in the women’s final.
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