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The Darker Side Of Ski Jumping: Terrifying Crashes Like This One

Yesterday we posted a really cool GoPro video of Norwegian ski jumper Anders Jacobsen flying gracefully through the air, displaying the incomprehensible beauty of being launched hundreds of feet with out the aide of machinery. Just a human being, opting to fly. That’s all. It’s really nothing short of a miracle that this is something people can do, let alone an Olympic sport that’s been around for almost 100 years.

Why is it so amazing? For one, the obvious, constant possibility this very thing happens.

Austrian ski jump champion, Thomas Morgenstern, landed on his head after his jump went the way it would were you or I strapped to those gigantic aerial ski-rudders. During a trial run at the Ski Jumping World Cup, Morgenstern seemed to lose his balance at the very beginning of the jump, causing him to rotate in mid-air, resulting in one of the more gruesome crashes you’ll see leading up the the 2014 Sochi Winter Games (where stuff like this will almost certainly reoccur).

Good news: He’s not dead.

To get a good idea of just how bad his landing was, click here, where you’ll be redirected to a photo of how he slide down the hill. Directly on his face.

H/T Daily News

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