The Crash That Punctured Johny Salido's Spleen & Took Him Out of Rampage

Oct 28, 2019
by Sarah Moore  
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We're relieved to hear Johny has been released from hospital after witnessing his violent crash on Thursday.

bigquotesAs most of you know, I suffered a big crash on Thursday before Red Bull Rampage finals. I thought I was only sore from it, woke up Friday ready to send it on finals. Did a couple of practice runs and right after that, I couldn’t stand the pain in my stomach and shoulder. Long story short, I decided to call it off, went to check myself in at the hospital and studies showed I had punctured my spleen. I spent 2 nights there and thankfully I’m out now, with no need for surgery, just a couple months of rest and I’ll be back stronger than ever looking for redemption at next year’s Rampage. Can’t thank my team @tobogangsters @g_backmann and @taylorfr27 for putting up all the work during these 2 weeks to create a sick line for me to ride, could not have done it without you guys. Infinite thanks to my great family for being with me during these tough times, LOVE YOU ALL.

Thanks to everyone that showed up at the hospital to check in on me and see how I was doing. Thanks to everyone that sent me a message hoping I got better soon, really appreciate all of your support. Thanks to my homies that made their trip to the dessert to support and watch me during the biggest event of my life. I can assure I’ll be back and ready to put in a hell of a run for all of you. And last but not least, thanks to all of my sponsors for showing great support in tough times, would not be here without you guys.
Johny Salido

Johny Salido bit the dust after a backflip on the last step-down of his line. It was a hard crash against the bank at the bottom but after some minutes he was up and walking and thankfully will still make the finals tomorrow.

Johny Salido taking a break from the multiple warm up laps.
Jonny Salido getting ready to drop in.

One of the few riders braving the breeze Johnny Salido for team Mexico.

Johny Salido was smiling at the end of practice despite hitting the ground pretty hard.


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 With hair like that, he'll be back to form in no time.
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 Contest results don't matter with hair like that, he's always winning.
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 Jésus résurrection !!
  • 6 2
 I had that hair... it didn't make me a better rider. LOL
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 is it better than Minnaars?
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 This is how Jesus looked like when he was thinking of Marie Magdalene. Slave to love, nah nah nah nah, uuuh uh, slave to love,,, no you can't escape...
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flag TheUnknownMTBR (Oct 28, 2019 at 16:28) (Below Threshold)
 @WAKIdesigns: nope, sorry, he didn’t look like that at all and certainly not for that reason

Isaiah 53:2
He has no form or comeliness; and when we see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him
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 @TheUnknownMTBR: yes, because we should definitely trust everything in the Bible and take all of it 100% literally.
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flag preach (Oct 28, 2019 at 17:41) (Below Threshold)
 @TheUnknownMTBR: I got you sir. Props
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flag TheUnknownMTBR (Oct 28, 2019 at 19:05) (Below Threshold)
 @preach: thank you brother. On that day the only vote that counts will be cast by my one and only hero; the Lord Jesus Christ.

I pray that he helps Johnny Salido to a quick recovery. May he also watch over and protect all of us at all times, even those who mock his name or down vote in favor of it.
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 155 (as of right now) and one downvote? whos that downvote!!!?
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 #freeridejesus ---- he needs to market this
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 @preach: I spoke to Jesus, which you cannot deny. He is concerned about your masturbation. He told me that next time you go to confession, you cannot just use some silly word to confess you are doing it, you have to describe the whole thing, what turns you on. You must also admit you enjoyed it. He saw you enjoy it. You also have to confess to your spouse, but more importantly to your closest friend. In this way you can share the Gods new plan to stop world from performing unnecessary sin. Hopefully more people will stop doing it. Otherwise you are not forgiven.

Jesus keeps sending hurricanes and yet you understand nothing, you keep on masturbating... shame on you!
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 @vhdh666: I got so many upvotes in such a short time... God must have wanted it this way!

No, seriously, Jesus is such a great figure to picture as a hippie who wanted all of us to get along with each other, yet some tightsters keep painting him as this merciful, giga-smart Ghawd you can’t make fun of. Oh dear. Thank God we have people ruining it for everybody, you are nothing more but preaxhers of the promitive cultures that wrote Old Testament and you treat New Testament as something that requires careful interpretation... just in case people have too much fun! Oh and devil is so bad, ooooh yeah, you all suck on his balls and shag his vamps gladly, you just go around saying it’s horrible to hide your true identity. And if you studied the archetypes you would know that road from “virgin” to the “slut” is extremely short and could it be so ironic Jesus, son of Virgin Mary, went for Mary McDaleen, of all women out there. A guy who did the old version of clubbing, touring. They all did all drugs that were available to them. St Peter left his family to serve, oh fk yeah, no he left them to have fun, drink, get high, shag women. They were a rock band and motivational speaker group of their times.

Have fun, cheer up. God wants you to. Start with using bible as paper for joints.
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 Hail satan \M/
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 @ratedgg13: “For the Lord loved mountain biking so much that he gave his one and only gnarliest rider, that whoever follows him shall not perish but shred eternally.”

-Jordie 3:16
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 @nojzilla: He’s a cunny chap but a bit depressing. Jesus starts a bit on the low note then makes you happy, here: take some acid, go out, meet my dad, enjoy the colors.

You day after: I... I am... I am so fine... I will be fine... I love... I love my ex wife... and my girlfriend. I am my ex wife and my girlfriend too...

Satan: the other way around. Here’s your cocaine, enjoy your immortality!

4h later:
You: Help me, I am weaaaak
Satan: here’s some Crystal Meth!
You: Unlimited Poweeeeer!

6h later:
You: I am weak... Satan you there?

4days later:
You: I am so weaaaaaak,
Satan: that’s crazy, did you try mixing coke with MDMA?

Religious people: aaaaah you are all sinners! Here’s some shame to keep you awake! Shaaaame! Shaaaaaame! You lucky we are from Jesus party, we don’t chop the heads off! We only molest children and those who we don’t molest we make sure they feel ashamed of everything! And praise Jesus... praaaise the lord! For he is merciful! And he loves you. Unless you masturbate!!!
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 @WAKIdesigns: Jesus "stop masturbating"
Satan "pretend you haven't seen me, it's sexier"
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 @M1K3M0: the Holy Trinity of Smith, McGarry and Lunn did look down upon the mount of Utah, and did see the things their followers wrought, and were pleased at their dedication. And lo' Semenuk was raised up and Crowned thrice, and the people did say he was wise in all things of the bicycle. And it was so. Yet there was dissent amongst the disciples as they all knew that Norbs had been done ill.
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 @WAKIdesigns: it’s amazing that you can see all of that fine detail in complete darkness and with such a huge log in your eye. Thank you for your blessing, my brother from another mother. Smile
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 @TheUnknownMTBR: as an ex devout catholic, ex spiritual person, ex psychedelic user, who can openly state that met God and felt indescribable union with the universe, all dead and living beings, I laugh at your method and pity you in return, saying I was indeed living in the darkness where they speak reason your way. Pity is an awful weapon... one that coward parents use on their kids. God is not a father who demands sacrifice, hymns and psalms... such father would be a pimp and could not be respected for anything else but power. How loving is a father that mongers fear. Patriarchs on the other hand... his ways cannot be understood. What a cowardly statement, in mouth of the numb ones and true among those who met him. His ways can be felt in state of alternate consciousness. Following a large crowd will not lead you there Sir... 40 days in the desert with pure heart and the teacher plants though... the question is: are you prepared to die? You will die. The person that will raise from the dead will not be you now. Are you ready to die and give rise to another life?

So to all you wrote above: “that’s crazy man! Did you try DMT?”
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 @WAKIdesigns: Describe the whole thing? How do you know @preach is Mormon?
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 @ratedgg13: this is clearly a holy text. I heard that other passages reveal that even if our Messiah Brendog was defamed and mocked in the mountains of Utah, in the end he will come triumphant and his enemies will be crushed and all the creation will sing his praise. Praised be the gods of gnar.
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 @WAKIdesigns: it seems more like you had one head bonk on a boulder too many perhaps, i.e. ex coherent communication skills, lol.
  • 97 0
 Wow I hope L’Oréal pick him up soon
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 Wow I'Oréal Hope pick him up soon
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 Paul Mitchell is the redbull of shampoo L’Oréal is like being sponsored by rock shock and only getting 1st gen reverbs and guide brakes
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 I hope so too, after his $20k hospital bills
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 Ha!I bet those lululemon pants are looking even better now!
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 Wait, what? I could have sworn one of the commentators said he was out with food poisoning. That's definitely not food poisoning. Did anyone else hear that or am I losing it?
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 Heard the same.
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 I heard it!
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 Maybe because drones were delivering burritos to the riders, the announcers assumed some sort of shigellosis or Montezuma’s Revenge...?
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 If they heard he went to the hospital with "pain in his stomach," I think that's maybe where their assumption came from.
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 Food poisoning caused by a stem to the gut
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 With the release of this news, Maverick breathed a collective sigh of relief...
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 @brianpark: yup back flipped his guts into the side of a mountain, stupid assumption or the usual Red Bull damage control.
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 @brianpark: Yup, exactly. Its not like the announcers are doctors and can diagnose the medical issue and this wouldn't be unheard of coming from an international rider not used to our sketchy gas stations and food trucks. Either way, happy to hear he's doing better and gutted we couldn't watch him compete.
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 @brianpark: You know what they say about assuming.
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 @scott-townes: "gutted" nice pun.
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 @imho4ep: read all that. And that's the angle you take? Just toss a bunch of amateur commentators and remote walkie talkie folk standing in the F-ing desert for a week straight....under your own personal Bus of Incompetency ?

Lighten up?
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 @bizutch: say what? i guess you could give the red bull production team the benefit of the doubt if it weren't for their sketchy history or glossing over serious injuries at their sponsored events in the past.
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 @imho4ep: You are out of line and full of SHIT! Sal, Cam & that other guy are NOT doctors, medical staff, EMT's nor are they investigate reporters responsible for delivering the hard nosed truth of the matter.

You sit here typing crap about 3 guys completely enjoying the event and doing their version of commentating about it to give the spectators perspective. Saying you don't like someone's delivery is all well and good.

But you need to slow your roll and pull your head out of hateville and NOT accuse 3 guys hanging out and just trying to give people what little they know about whats going on of "glossing over" Salida's injury. It's not their job to know and they're not at the hospital with a fact checker.

Stop being a hater and go suck on some happy sauce. Or eat a Snickers. You get dickisk when you're hungry. Slandering a guy in a booth with being an intentional conspirator to hide the truth is some Unibomber crap!
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 And this is on one of those “little” “slope style” hits some folks a crying about. Makes you realize 1) How massive even the “little” stuff is 2) how incredibly skilled all the riders are 3) how tiny a margin they all have from success to catastrophic and potentially life altering failure.

Glad Johny is ok and on the mend, and hoping he gets to showcase his formidable skills next year at Rampage. Glad all the riders are ok, for that matter!
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 He’s lucky he didn’t break his neck with a head first slam like that
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 @EarIysport: Coming to an abrupt stop like that is so scary to watch. He got super lucky.
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/Carry on
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 Yeah, I did say he was deported. I also indicated that it was sarcasm, I'm very sorry if you didn't understand or pick up on it. In my experience of internet comments sections this is done by typing /s as cue.
Maybe because your first though was offence and didn't want to see the /s. Anyhoo, peace be with you.

/carry on
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 its that deceleration that'll get ya
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 Shite, I think I got a secondhand spleen injury watching that
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 Precisely this. He splatted against that wall of dirt. The exact opposite of tuck and roll.
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 @Dogl0rd: I would feel the same if i still had mine. Oooopppss
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 Holy toledo he‘s healthy Salido
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 That ended abruptly! Heal up Johny. It’s the raddest ”how I ruptured my spleen” story ever, “oh you know, just practicing my Rampage Run”
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 I guess he needed to exspleen himself.
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 During the live broadcast, didn't they say he had food poisoning? I must have heard wrong..
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 Food poisoning was definitely thrown around in between the fake bike noises.
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 @dscottycole: What are these fake bike noises? Can someone point me to an exact time where they can be heard? I never noticed them while watching the first time.
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 @sino428: I'm curious too, didn't watch a ton of it, but want to hear them.
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 They were misinformed.
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 @sino428: I noticed that almost every time someone landed a big jump, they used the same sound effect that sounded like shale rocks sliding down the mountain. It was rather amusing to me.
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 @illc75243: I'm going to pull up the replay later and see if I can find it
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 @sino428: i was assuming they had riders mic'd up and that was all legitimate.
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 @rocky-mtn-gman: I haven’t gone back to watch yet but I assume Redbull had crew mic’s set up out in throughout the venue.
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 @sino428: watch the Semenuk's run, for example. You can hear those noises even when he's in the air.
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 @Slabrung: I just watched his and a few others. Its hard to tell but it could just be a syncing issue, where the sound from the on course mics is just sightly off from the video.
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 @sino428: when Brandon does the foot plant 3 at the end you can hear his hub and it’s loud. If they were mic’d up the whole run you’d just hear the hub
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 @sino428: nah listen when a rider gets air. There's still dirt and tire sounds.
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 @Slabrung: i think you can hear his brakes when he starts his run
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 Just watched Semenuks run again, all the bike sound effects from the helicopter shots are the same fake sound, actually feel it really contributed to the footage though, a bit like canned laughter makes a show funnier.
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 Damn that's a heavy hit. Nurse
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 Heal up dude! Hope you get another shot next year!!!
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 No shame in taking care of yourself first. Heal up, them come kick some butt!
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 Wow, what a slam.

Healing vibes, hermano!!! Glad it wasn't much worse (still sounds awful).

Looking forward to seeing you go huge next year.
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 Man the spleen rupture is no joke. That shoulder pain is wild, but dead giveaway for a ruptures spleen almost bled to death in 10 hours when I thought I was only suffering from a bad concussion and hurt shoulder. Heal up soon! Looking forward to see him next year
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 I had a very similar story. I was shuttling and didn't think it was that serious til I decided to go to the ER. Can't wait to see him next year.
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 Fuckin hell! I watched the live feed and was wondering where Salido went. I am VERY RELIEVED to read that he didn't have to have his spleen removed. I bruised mine 2 yrs ago and it felt like a broken rib that lasted 3 months. Life generally sucks if you have to have organs removed. So so SO glad he still has his spleen!! Dude is a sic rider and I'm stoked to see more.
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 Man, some feet to the right and probably nothing happened Frown Heal up quickly!
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 Yo mon.....stay strong and remember we [dirtbags] have your back. That was a nasty fall I hope to see you ripping it up next year at the corral
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 Glad he's good, we all missed that beautiful transition in bad ass colors flying in the air. Remember, he's the first Mexican in rampage history. That being said, it was a funny looking crash. Friday fails worthy
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 ouch that was a solid hit
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 I saw all kinds of people coming in at 9:30 with matching Johnny Salido Crew Shirts. So Obviously was last minute he pulled out.
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 He actually gave Tippie and I a ride into the venue in the back of his truck at 7 am ahead of final practice and then had to call it right before finals since he was in too much pain and was taken away in an ambulance. One tough cookie!
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 A punctured spleen bleeds like a stuck pig. He's lucky to have received medical attention right away. Otherwise, they'd be auctioning off his mane for funeral costs.
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 That last photo in the article...Christ on a bike?
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 Johnny “ the Messiah “ Toledo , #hairfordays
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 Mejórate pronto cabron!!! Vas a matarlo en el próximo!! Saludos desde Australia
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 Holy Toledo Johny Salido you augered in like a speeding torpedo. Get well soon mate.
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 One of the toughest dudes on the planet. Heal up Johny! Rampage redemption in 2020!
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 Omg that’s shitty, get well soon you crazy Mofo !
  • 2 0
 Heal up Hair Jesus. Silky Smooth Salido!
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 heal up, brutha!
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 Don't forget to thank the people at the hospital that put you back together, glad you are OK!
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 Get well soon Johny
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 Heal up Salido!
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 I've done my spleen before and it was griiiiim
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 He took it way past 11. Heal up quick
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 Your bike ok!?
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 This guy is beautiful....all the homo!!!
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 Seems like the takeoff should have been back another 10 feet
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 Mejor suerte el próximo año campion
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 He looks like Yamcha from Dragon Ball Z
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 damn get well soon bro.
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