I believe the ski-jumper who wiped out week after week, year after year, at the beginning of ABC's Wide World of Sports, has finally been one-upped.

Pro skier Ian McIntosh somehow avoided death recently, when he tumbled over 1600 feet down the side of a mountain in Alaska.

From RT.com:

While taking part in the film 'Paradise Waits,' McIntosh fell into an unseen five-foot-deep trench on one of his very first turns. He can immediately be heard through a microphone yelling “No!” when he realizes what has happened.

The camera keeps recording as he continues to tumble down the mountain, which is part of Alaska's Neacoloa range. After he falls a distance of 1,600 feet in under a minute, his descent finally stops. McIntosh then shouts “I'm ok, I'm ok.”

'Paradise Waits' is a ski and snowboard film, which follows those who “anticipate winter's arrival with frothing mouths” as they encounter numerous struggles. I would say that falling down the side of a mountain qualifies as a struggle.

Two more quick things: 1) The skier from the Wide World of Sports is Vinko Bogataj, and he lived through that spectacular wipe out. And, 2) The noises that Ian McIntosh makes during that incredible tumble really reminded me of...Homer Simpson. Compare:

Just saying.


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