Never Let A Javelin Ruin Your Day

NASCAR and the javelin throw have something very important in common: people are mostly watching to see something go terribly, terribly wrong in a non-fatal way.
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↵Enter Ryan McGeeney, a budding journalist and photographer shooting from the sidelines of a track meet in Utah. Or let us rephrase: he thought he was standing on the sidelines. McGeeney was actually standing on the field of competition and attempting to shoot photos of the discus competition.
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↵Neat fact! If you stand in the field of play at a track and field competition, you might learn the awesome new trick of catching a javelin.
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↵⇥"It basically came from about my seven o'clock or eight o'clock," he said. Right before it hit, the official started to say 'Look out! Look out!' and I started to look over to the javelin right when it went through. There was the kind of tight feeling in the skin where I could say, 'oh yeah, it went through me,' but it wasn't real painful." ↵
↵Astonishingly, the javelin missed all tendons, bones, and arteries in McGeeney's leg, lodging through the skin like the world's most extreme but benign piercing. McGeeney got a good patching up at a local hospital, but not before calling a co-worker over and snapping photos of the damage himself as a Marine who served a tour of duty in Afghanistan would.
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↵("They don't have javelins in Afghanistan. That's where I'm lucky," said McGeeney.")
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↵McGeeney may also now claim a unique title: someone who did not allow a javelin hitting him to interrupt his work day.
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↵(H/T: Poynter)↵

This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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