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Photographer Pierced by Javelin Keeps on Shooting


Published May 19, 2008 at 9:52 a.m.

I found this on Romenesko and had to share.

Photographer Ryan McGeeney was shooting the Utah state high school track championships on Saturday when he was pierced in the leg by a javelin. McGeeney is an intern, but he obviously has good newsgathering instincts, because once he was down, he took photos of his unusual injury. Check out one of the shots on the Utah Standard-Examiner website.

Interestingly, McGeeney is a 33-year-old Marine vet who served a tour in Afghanistan. He wandered into the javelin danger zone while shooting a discus event. He was taken to a hospital, where he got 13 stitches. And now he's apparently OK. From the S-E article on his injury:

Back on the job, McGeeney said it was his pride that suffered most.

"Itwas pretty embarrassing." he said. "I just felt like a jackass. Iwasn't scared. You can tell right away when you're hurt really bad. Ijust knew I wasn't really injured."

Dumb move getting hit, dude, but you get points for getting photos.