Winter Olympics: Freestyle skier John Sallinen crashes into CAMERAMAN during halfpipe qualifying

Winter Olympics: Freestyle skier John Sallinen crashes into CAMERAMAN during halfpipe qualifying

Freestyle skier John Sallinen crashed into a CAMERAMAN during the Beijing Winter Olympics halfpipe qualification when the flying Finn scored just 18 out of 100 to finish at the very bottom.

  • Finnish freestyle skier Jon Sallinen knocked down a cameraman in halfpipe qualifying.
  • Sallinen was halfway to the run when he lost control of the pipe lip.
  • Finn completed the race, but received a miserable score of 18 from the judges.
  • He failed to redeem himself in the second run, improving slightly with a score of 18.50.
  • Gus Kenworthy of Team GB made it to the finals by taking the last qualifying spot.

Finnish freestyle skier Jon Sallinen sent a cameraman flying during his first run in the qualifying halfpipe on Thursday after he misjudged one of his tricks.

Sallinen was halfway through his run when he lost control of the left edge of the pipe, went over the edge and hit the camera, causing the cameraman to fall to the snow.

Sallinen fell into the tube again to complete his run and the judges were very unimpressed giving him 18 out of 100 and the operator was soon back on his feet as qualifying continued.

Finnish freestyle skier Jon Sallinen crashed into operator during halfpipe qualifying.

Finnish freestyle skier Jon Sallinen crashed into operator during halfpipe qualifying.

Finn lost control of the pipe lip in the middle of his first qualifying run.

Finn lost control of the pipe lip in the middle of his first qualifying run.

He turned off the camera to send both the operator and himself into the snow.

He turned off the camera to send both the operator and himself into the snow.

“I wasn’t even sure if I would ski a second time after the accident. I hope the cameraman is ok, I landed right on top of him,” Sallinen said, blaming the overcast snow conditions at Genting Snow Park for the crash.

The Finn could not redeem himself on the second attempt, scoring only 18.50.

The first Olympian finished last in qualifying out of 23 competitors, while the top 12 advanced to the final.

Gus Kenworthy of Team Great Britain made it to the men’s final, finishing 12th and last in qualifying.

He bounced back from an initial run of 8.50, scored 70.75 on his second attempt and finished 1.50 ahead of New Zealand’s Ben Harrington.

For the first time, an Olympic champion had an accident and finished last in qualifying out of 23 participants.

For the first time, an Olympic champion had an accident and finished last in qualifying out of 23 participants.

Gus Kenworthy of Team GB advanced to the finals, placing 12th in qualifying.

Gus Kenworthy of Team GB advanced to the finals, placing 12th in qualifying.

After a disappointing first run, he scored 70.75 points in his second run for 12th place.

After a disappointing first run, he scored 70.75 points in his second run for 12th place.

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