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Each Friday, STACK brings you a video of an exercise gone horribly wrong. You may or may not learn something from it, but you will laugh very hard.
In honor of the Sochi Games, this week’s Fitness Fail Friday features our new favorite winter athlete. Meet him at the 15-second mark in the video above.
Most YouTube fail videos star people who are:
A) Doing something stupid in hopes of becoming a viral sensation
These videos are pretty funny, but they can’t compare to clips of totally earnest people who find themselves completely in over their head. This is one of those videos.
The description on YouTube reads, “A random guy wanted to try our street jump . . . I think it was a bad idea.” It paints the picture of a young French snowboarder who has been lurking around all day as a group of pros build their own ramp and start filming each other landing double backflips. (Here’s how it’s supposed to work.) It looks fun. It looks safe. It looks like a great way to make friends with the cool kids.
He finally musters the courage to approach the group and ask permission to try their jump. They shrug and go back to their business. A few minutes later, the kid’s flying toward the ramp, prepared to pull off the first backflip of his life and make a whole bunch of new friends.
Upon becoming airborne, he quickly makes two discoveries:
1. The jump is a good 15 feet higher than he expected
2. Flapping one’s arms in the air does not cause one to rotate faster
He vocalizes these observations with a pitiful “Whuh?!,” flaps a couple more times, then gives up after he’s maneuvered his head into the perfect position to take the brunt of the fall.
Fortunately, the pros were on hand to capture the whole thing on tape and lend their considerable video editing skills to the production. Everything from the music to the slow motion to the constant replays of the moment of impact helps elevate this video to one of our all-time favorites.
Thank you video crew and thank you shy French snowboarder. You may not be headed to the Olympics, but you’re a 10 in our book.