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    Shot himself in the face

    In case anyone missed it, immediately after winning his first stage in the Giro yesterday Biniam Girmay shot himself in the face with a champagne cork during the podium ceremony.

    Apparently the injury to his eye forced him to abandon the race.

    Crazy story..





    https://www.espn.com/espn/story/_/id...champagne-cork



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    Idiot


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    Well...I expecting one of the videos on Reddit this week where I saw someone put a bullet in the head. Instant death. This seems like a less severe accident

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK47bp View Post
    Idiot


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    I think youíll reconsider if you actually watch the video here:

    https://cyclingtips.com/2022/05/girm...im-in-the-eye/

    Cork just shoots out as heís removing the cage.

    For todayís stage, corks weíre pre-removed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK47bp View Post
    Idiot


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    I'm sure as a 22-year-old you never did anything dumb. Especially just after a moment where you were the first person from your continent to win a major sporting event.

    The SOP had been to partially remove the corks and leave the cage partially on. They don't explain that to new pros. Which is why basically this same even happened to MVDP a few years back, among others.

    Girmay looked incredible this Giro. Super impressed with him (and with Wanty! in general). Excited to see him in future races.

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    He probably looks down the barrel to check if the gun is loaded too.


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    I have a padded room story of shooting my self in the eye....
    It was not a nice experience.

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    My gramps lost an eye to a champagne cork, back in the 60s. I never learned the details behind it beyond that, but, dude had a glass eye and that was why, as I was told from my youth. So, I've always been kind of a little bitch around champagne.

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    It happens in other ways too. Champagne bottles are dangerous!..

    Vonn has surgery after champagne celebration

    Life imitating art..

    Go that way really REALLY fast. If something gets in your way, TURN!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK47bp View Post
    Idiot
    Quote Originally Posted by J. Barron DeJong View Post
    I think youíll reconsider if you actually watch the video
    Quote Originally Posted by AK47bp View Post
    He probably looks down the barrel to check if the gun is loaded too.
    I stand corrected.

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    My inner Benny is showing I guess.

    But címon, who unwraps a cork 8 inches from their eyeball.

    I feel bad for the guy though.


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    this would have never happened to a french rider
    Lee Lau - xxx-er is the laziest Asian canuck I know

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK47bp View Post
    But c’mon, who unwraps a cork 8 inches from their eyeball.
    someone who's never done it?

    i laffed too, but i feel for the guy...he just broke thru & he's been dumped immediately for a stupid non-race situation

    at least he can still train on a stationary to keep his legs/heart in shape

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    some face shots are not good
    what's orange and looks good on hippies?
    fire

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    Quote Originally Posted by ::: ::: View Post
    someone who's never done it?
    Or seen it done I guess.


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    Quote Originally Posted by AK47bp View Post
    Or seen it done I guess.


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    Someone who didn't expect the cork to be pre-pulled as it was. I've opened thousands of cages, I've never seen on a cork pop cage release. Because they almost never do. This cork was partially pre-pulled and re-caged. Could reasonably catch many by surprise, especially when you're so damn stoked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doebedoe View Post
    Someone who didn't expect the cork to be pre-pulled as it was. I've opened thousands of cages, I've never seen on a cork pop cage release. Because they almost never do. This cork was partially pre-pulled and re-caged. Could reasonably catch many by surprise, especially when you're so damn stoked.
    Definitely a potential lawsuit if thatís the case. If he has permanent eye damage that will likely be the end his racing career.

    Nice to know we have a champagne bottle opening expert here on TGR, bartender?


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    Lol an American bringing up a lawsuit. The euros are actually tougher than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simple View Post
    Lol an American bringing up a lawsuit. The euros are actually tougher than that.
    Euros take it in the eye and beg for more.


    Sick bastards.


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    The Germans definitely like it rough

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    Quote Originally Posted by doebedoe View Post
    Someone who didn't expect the cork to be pre-pulled as it was. I've opened thousands of cages, I've never seen on a cork pop cage release. Because they almost never do. This cork was partially pre-pulled and re-caged. Could reasonably catch many by surprise, especially when you're so damn stoked.
    A formative experience for me was watching a friend pull a cage at the service well, set the bottle on a slip mat, and the cork shoot across a busy dining room onto someone's $100 steak. I always keep a hand on the cork once the cage has been loosened.

    A former coworker used to get jumpy anytime someone sat down a bottle of bubbles too hard with the cage still on. I'm sure he has a story.

    Intermarche are having such a breakout season. The points relegation is starting to get interesting between the European and non-Euro WT teams. I'm starting to get worried about EF.

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    The 22nd reply before someone says " you'll shoot your eye out".
    Come on.

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    Should have done "ye olde safety squint & look away."

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    Quote Originally Posted by XXX-er View Post
    this would have never happened to a french rider
    A Giro win?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andeh View Post
    Should have done "ye olde safety squint & look away."
    Pfff. That only works to protect your hearing.

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