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>> this dog is really highly trained. we wanted to hurt that goose or kill that goose, we could have done it very, very easily. just snap my fingers and the dog would have taken care of it right then. we were getting ready to flip a coin where they think the goose's fate was. i don't think the governor was going to call at that point. >> life comes at us so fast sometimes it could be a freak explosion. >> it's a scene of devastation. it looks like something from a war zone. >> a raging fire -- >> you hear people telling them not to jump, not to jump. >> or a very bad day at the big top. >> it was so loud in my head, like it felt like just a bomb went off.
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>> events that happen in the blink of an eye. >> he was trying to murder us. >> situations that can force people to make split-second decisions. >> if i had turned one second later, it would have ran me over. >> moments that can mean the difference between life and death. >> he body checked him. he went flying off the bicycle. and rides that can make your heart skip a speed. monumental decisions that can make the jump from paralyzing fear. >> i just said, you know what, i'm doing this. >> to the most triumphant moment of a lifetime. >> yeah! "caught on camera: in a split second." imagine a wall of water as tall as a nine-story building.
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careening towards you at breakneck speed. now imagine you're standing at the bottom of the wall on a surfboard. it's a life or death proposition. >> if you fall there, you're probably not coming home. >> a professional surfer and ocean explorer tackles the biggest and baddest waves the ocean has to offer. and it's the promise of a whopper that brings him, girlfriend nicole and the video crew to the coast of portugal in 2011. what was once a completely individual sport has evolved over time. tow surfing, where one person on a jet ski gets another on a surfboard anothers surfers to catch waves too far out to reach. they were simply too far to paddle out to. this raises the stakes and the danger level.
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>> surfing for lack of a better word, a selfish sport. us with our surf board catching our wave. not wanting anybody else on our wave. in towing surfing, now you have a partner. so there's that relationship. that all plays on every given moment. >> on this day garret is the designated tower. his friends, al and andrew, catch the majority of the waves. while garrett never intends to get on his board. >> they wanted to surf the lap in front of the rocks. i didn't want anything do wheit that lap. if you fall there, you're probably not coming home. so we go back out. they're like, garret, you go. i'm like, no, i'm just driving. with waves crashing all around him, it doesn't take much to convince the lifelong water adventurer who has been surfing since the age of 11.
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we start going out. he started to turn for the first wave. number two, number two. then we go over the first wave, and there's this mountain coming at us. >> there isn't a moment to lose. and without hesitation, garret makes the immediate decision to ride the wave and he starts turning perfect to put me on it. and i'm going, slow down. you have to put it in the right spot. strapped to his board, which has a camera mount owned it, garrett gets ready to ride. when we're sitting out there and we're getting ready. i always breathe. i hyperventilate and then i calm myself down, slow my heart rate down. usually i flow right through it and just enjoy it. this one i knew if i made any mistakes it could be my last. >> with his breath and body
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primed garret is towed into the wave. >> it pulled me up almost like slow motion. even i didn't realize it was going to be that big of a wave, something really felt different. >> to avoid getting eaten by the killer wave, garret needs to carefully choose the exact moment to let go of the rope. >> at the last second as long as possible i waited. because i'm always trying to get in the barrel. so i waited until the last second and turned. and went up to get barrelled. and this big mountain of white water came, and it was like -- i don't know, something came from up top and landed on my shoulder. as i'm going down, just the chops that are coming up the face are like moguls. like you're on a mountain of ice with moguls everywhere. it felt like a ton of bricks landed on me and kind of squashed me down. >> traveling at 70 miles an hour on his board with a wall of
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water coming down on him, this ride is touch and go. just when it seems like it can't get anymore treacherous. >> another mountain of white water came from behind, like a train just running me over. when that thing hit me, that's when i was thinking, come on, stay on the board. stay on the board. then it hit me again. i'm thinking, you got to see yourself making it. know you're going to make it. think your way through it. i was just thinking, make it, make it. >> garret disappears inside the giant mountain of water. >> just kind of gently let me down. come out. i was like, whoa, right on. i didn't get the rush. i was so hungry for the rush. put me deep on the next one! put me deep on the next one! and he looked at me like, this guy is crazy or something. >> one year earlier garret told his girlfriend nicole into
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another big one in that very same spot. that moment was also caught on camera in november 2010. for he said, i don't know if you're going to get a wave. i'm going to pull you up. we're going the drive around. feel the board. make sure you feel comfortable. >> and as soon as she gets up this big set comes. a 20-foot wave. not too big, but still. >> the second he pulls me up, it was less than a second that i'm standing up this wave pops out of nowhere, he goes, go, and i said, are you sure? and i hesitated. so if i would have maybe gone at that point i would have been able to come down, since i hesitated, i held on longer, and it was like a slingshot. >> he lets go of the rope, she comes flying down, and then on the bottom she fell off the board, and she's skipping like a rag doll. >> nicole takes a beating. >> when i got to the bottom of
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the wave i fell and i skipped like a little rock, like three times on the face of the wave. the whole time i'm like, i'm fine. i'm going to pop out the back. i went over the falls and in the video you can see my little head and my arms sticking out. so i eat it really bad. i got pounded. >> garret has only seconds to rescue her. >> i come up. i don't know where i'm at. i can't see the shore. i don't see the rocks. i done see a ski. i don't hear a ski. >> but he is forced to leave her to avoid getting pummeled by another wave himself. >> i had to go back and circle around. you can't go in. you'll miss them. >> everybody is like, yeah, but eventually you'll make it to the beach. you won't. i've seen it suck people all the way down to the point before they're able to come in. it just takes out to impact zone where it is wave after wave.
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>> she got real close to the beach. when she was close to the beach, i yelled, stand up. i hadn't gotten pounded yet so i didn't know how powerful this wave was. >> then i made it. i did a little spin. all the guys rush over. garret is strolling nice and casually, laughing and clapping. i'm just like dead. >> she is sitting there exhausted. i go to hug her and she falls back. >> it may have ended nicole's big wave career. but it only wetted garrett's appetite for more. >> a lot of people think i'm crazy. and think everybody is comfortable in different situations. i am very comfortable in the ocean. i feel that i belong out there and i know what i'm doing and i have a plan every time i go out there when it's big. >> there's something about him that i never worry about him in
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the water. ever. even if he would have fallen on that wave, i would have known he would be okay. because he always is. >> garrett not only road that wave, a world-record breaker, but he is not finished yet. >> i don't ride horses. i don't jump out of airplanes pip don't even ride motorcycles. but we did find another wave that's a lot bigger. and we will be surfing it soon. coming up, a morning commuter train blowis right past its stop and crashes in a barrier wall, in one of the worst train wrecks ever. when "caught on camera: in a split second" continues a bp has paid over twenty-three billion dollars to help those affected and to cover cleanup costs. today, the beaches and gulf are open, and many areas are reporting their best tourism seasons in years. and bp's also committed to america. we support nearly 250,000 jobs and invest more here than anywhere else.
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a busy commuter train careens out of control and slams into this station, and argentina's worst train accident in 40 years is all caught on a station security camera.
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on february 22nd, 2012, more than 800 passengers are aboard a commuter train in buenos aires, argentina. . santiago gonzalez is in a rush to get to his construction job. the train, as usual, is packed. >> translator: it was a disaster. very crowded. >> sitting next to santiago is his younger brother, ranulfo. >> translator: we were together talking a bit. he told me, my boss called, we need to get there. i said, yes. we're almost there. but the train doesn't stop where it's supposed to at the platform. instead, it blows right past the end of the line and slams into a barrier wall. >> translator: and that's it. there was an explosion.
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and i lost consciousness. >> dr. gresceni, the director of argentina's medical emergency system is one of the first responders on the scene. >> translator: we receive a message from headquarters. a radio operator told us a train had crashed along the station with a fire and people trapped inside. >> the doctor and his team arrive at the station within ten minutes. >> we didn't know yet, but we were estimating the number. once the people arrived a at the steps, then we realized it was a major problem. >> with more than 30 years of experience in medical emergencies, the doctor is trained in triage, determining priorities in critical situations. >> the idea is to quickly make a
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mental list of the things we are going to encounter. be totally cool. not to be guided by your emotions. it's impossible to do if you're guided by your emotions. >> the impact leaves the first three crushed like an accordion. the collapsing cars throw some passengers around and compress other passengers together. >> and there were people already dead. and the living with seeing the dead. and we had, along with the firefighters and the rest of the teams, to provide support to people that we could get them out. >> the emergency team must now make life or death decisions. >> translator: you have to decide. it's tough, but you have to
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decide. because you could make the mistake of focusing on a patient practically dying and let another patient die who could have been saved. >> the doctor and the other first responders quickly survey the scene. >> the only thing we could see were faces staring at us. i had 140 faces staring at me. just the faces. >> and so begins the work of extricating the living and the dying. >> the fire chief asked me to get vaseline from a hospital where they were. >> vaseline helped get people apart from the wreckage. >> translator: they did it with the first ones that were the most compressed. when they unstuck the first ones. they were able to take out the
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rest from the sides a and the roof. >> the team spends two and a half hours triaging hundreds of victims. >> translator: they determine how many ambulances, how many beds. how many boards. the order of care. you can't think about what you are seeing because you wouldn't be able to make the right decisions. you can't go back. >> santiago doesn't remember being rescued from the train. >> translator: i woke up at the hospital. i didn't remember anything. the doctor asked me, do you know where you are? i said no. you are in the hospital. i couldn't believe it. because this is bad. >> due to his memory loss, it takes santiago a week to realize the enormity of his personal situation. >> they told me that my brother had died. i thought he was still working. still now, i can't believe it.
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>> even professionals experienced in disaster management are shaken to the core. >> translator: a lot of us, myself included, couldn't sleep for five or six days after. the adrenaline is so strong that you cannot sleep for weeks. you see images flying around in your head. >> there are 51 fatalities and 700 injured. the driver of the train blames faulty brakes. the cause of the crash is still under investigation. >> translator: when i see the news, i am not well. my head hurts. i can't sleep. i am overwhelmed. i think a lot about my brother.
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>> there are dead people. so we are sad. and we give our condolences to the family members. so when they ask, was the operation okay? to the gentleman that are deceased, it is finished. >> coming up, a fire raging out of control forces a man and a woman to make a desperate decision. >> you hear people telling them not to jump, not to jump. >> when "caught on camera: in a split second" continues. [ male announcer ] if you're eligible for medicare, now is a good time to think about your options. are you looking for a plan that really meets your needs and your budget? as you probably know, medicare only covers about 80%
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a couple desperate to escape a burning house jumps off a second floor balcony to the horror of eyewitnesss. while a fire in a small suburban road house goes boom. both dramatic incidents are caught on camera. december 20th, 2011, a fast burning fire rages in a home in
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downtown detroit. >> this is a story we first told you. two people had to jump to safety to make it out of the burning home alive. >> the detroit firefighter michael joyner is one of the first responders at the scene. >> we got a call to a dwelling fire. it was on helen street. which is on the east side of detroit. it appeared someone fire bombed the structure. >> from the outside it looks like the fire is raging out of control. it's contained to the front side of the house. but the two residents are so panicked, they may not realize it. >> when they threw the fire bomb, it broke out on the porch, it ignited and created a lot of
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flame, a lot of smoke. the porch was on fire, but it never extended into the dwelling. >> onlookers scream for the residents to wait to for the fire department, but they make a split second decision to jump. the man goes first. come on. >> he lands without major injury. seconds later, the woman tumbles out. >> oh! [ screaming ] >> she's not as lucky. she is taken to the hospital where she's treated for broken bones. it's critical to be prepared. have a plan. where you have a means of egress where your family can run and a family member doesn't run back into the dwelling and you're already out. don't wait until you're in the situation to navigate it. across the atlantic, the firefighters think they have a fire contained.
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but seconds after they clear the building -- a massive explosion engulfs the house in flames. and it's captured on city security cameras. >> the effect of that explosion is like a bomb. >> retired fire investigators chris clark is called to the scene after the the fire is extinguished. he quickly discovers the chain of events that led to the blowout. what was brought to the fire service as a gas meter on fire. we could see there had been some electrical activity in and around the corrugated steel supply kit with the gas meter. if we look closely at this particular one, you can see the small holes in the tube where the electrical overcurrent has
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melted the tubing and allowed the gas to escape. >> the holes are caused by electric current passing through the stainless steel tube which has a very high resistance and acted like an electrical fuse, basically melting. two houses next door to each other, both with gas meters on fire, unusual for sure. it gets more unusual from a firefighter's point of view. >> the fires developed in such a way that two smile fires are being dealt with. then within a few minutes the third house up, the door is slightly open. and owl of the sudden you can see the front door slam into the door frame. this all happens in less than a
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second. >> out of nowhere this third house that seemingly has nothing to do with the first two fires explodes. clark's investigation reveals the explosion is caused by a back draft. >> so within a split second the door slammed and the window on the second floor started to blow out of the frame. glass and debris is flying across the street. followed by a big flame. >> no firefighters or residents are injured. once the fires are out, investigator clark work's begin. he discovered the back draft was caused by a growing criminal enterprise. copper wire theft. >> what we do know about these properties at the time of the fire is electricity was supplied to the houses by overhead. they were mounted on wooden
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poles. what we believe has happened is somebody stood on the top of this building here with a pair of big wire croppers, cropped the wire at this point here. then it's flicked back. down the street. >> copper wire theft is a massive problem worldwide. in the uk alone, nearly 1 billion dollars of copper wire is stolen every year and sold for profit. in this case the way the thief cut the cable causes a gas leak. the gas then mixes with air, and the result is an explosive combination that blows the roof right off the house. a back draft. and the caught on camera moment chris clark will never forget. it's certainly not a normal incident. there are a number of factors that suggest that something unusual is going on. firefighters generally see the aftermath of the explosion. it's very rare that firefighters are at the scene when the explosion occurs and rarer to capture that on video. >> coming up -- a heart stopping
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moment when an experienced motor cross rider plummets 30 feet to the ground in a midair, freak accident. when caught on "camera: in a split second" continues. yep. the longer you stay with us, the more you save. and when you switch from another company to us, we even reward you for the time you spent there. genius. yeah, genius. you guys must have your own loyalty program, right? well, we have something. show her, tom. huh? you should see november! oh, yeah? giving you more. now that's progressive. call or click today.
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i'm milissa rehberger, here's what's happen ppg in kansas city the chiefs beat the panthers at arrow head stadium just a day after one of their own took his life. line backer shot and killed his girlfriend saturday right before killing himself in the stadium parking lot. another resident will spend a night away from home after the gas leak from a ruptured freight train car on saturday. now back to caught on camera.
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>> at a circus in michigan, a freestyle motorcycle rider gets in a devastating midair accident, and it's all caught on camera by stunned spectators. february 5th, 2012 the ninth and final show. the final show of the shrine circus. what should be a routine ride for 20-year-old josh is anything but. a professional rider, josh has plenty of experience with massive jumps and even greater risks. but the final act will end before it has a chance to even take off. >> the reeb it is the last act is because it is the most dangerous. metal it metal to tigers and horses on the landing side. and it was one of the sketchiest jumps i've ever jumped to, you
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know. and i was toward do it. >> though he has done this jump eight times before, josh doesn't have a chance to do a final check of the set-up. >> i didn't have any problems with it at all. i could adjust and do it fine. there's a happy medium on how stuff needs to be. especially in our start. especially in our sport. we've had buddies die just out of nowhere. >> as josh readies for his opening jump, the master of ceremonies gets the crowd pumped up. >> hello, ladies and gentlemen. >> supposed to just be a show. put on a show for a crowd. pray everything goes good and nothing bad happens. >> but something bad does happen. a large plaque cable hangs from the ceiling. it's not supposed to be tlp there. and it's in the direct path of josh's motorcycle.
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>> as soon as i went to jump through the bars i seen the cable. i went off and it was just there. it looked like just a big line. i was like -- i didn't know if it was going to cut me in half or what was going to happen. >> in midair josh has no time to react. >> so i was just in shock there was a cable there looking at me. i didn't know if i was going to hit it or not. i hit it. but i felt like i didn't hit the bike because the way i flipped over it was weird. it was crazy. >> also there for the final performance, al basner. yum yum the clown. he is representing mid michigan. i sensed something. caught something out of the corner of my eye. knew that it was not a good thing. >> in the front row, al immediately knows the jump has gone horribly wrong. >> i saw him when he hit the wire. that was it.
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>> for josh, the terrifying midair moment seems to take much, much longer. >> when i hit the cable to the point i hit the ground, felt like it took about 20 seconds. because everything went into slow motion. i thought i was going to die. >> another spectator catches the moment of impact. >> i mean, it was like dead silence at the time. when i was going through the air and i hit the cable. when i hit that, it felt like i got hit in the head with a truck or something. it was so loud in my head. it felt like just a bomb went off. after that i just zoned out and was like here we go. i'm going. >> josh plummets 30 feet from midair and smacks the ground. moments later, the emcee makes a stunning announcement.
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>> i need a doctor immediately. this is not part of the performance. al is not a only doctor but he is a veteran of both the vietnam and gulf wars. the cable is still swinging, he jumps in front of it taking the full force of the wire to the face. >> i remember being hit with it. after that i don't remember anything until emergency people were around me asking how i was. >> doctors tell him if the wire hit him lower it could have killed him. >> the side of my face is still very sensitive. it looked like i had gone 12 rounds with a professional fighter. >> josh's injuries are far worse than al is's. >> when i hit the ground, i was like, i opened my eyes and i was knocked out. i knew my femur was broke and my arm was messed up. my wrist is fractured.
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there are two bones in the forearm that is fractured pretty good. my wrist is fractured. my scapula blade and internal damage in here that i can feel. mostly it's just fractures. >> multiple surgeries and several months later josh is on the mend. >> i got some pins in my elbow holding my elbow cap together. i got a rod in the femur with i think six screws and some wire holding that together. that's all drilled up into the hip bone all the way up into the socket just about. >> still, his recovery isn't as fast as he would like it to be. >> they say i won't ride for six months. it's like, come on. it depends how strong i can get in that time and rebuild stuff. >> josh isn't the only one ready to get back in the ring.
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despite yum yum the clown's injuries, he is not ready to retire just yet. >> i'm going to be around for quite a while. i plan on doing this as much as i can. >> as long as the good lord is willing to let me do it, i'll be doing it. coming up, a peaceful bike ride is shattered when an enraged driver rams his car into a crowd of cyclists. >> it wasn't an accident. it was a crime. he was trying to murder -- to murder us! >> when "caught on camera: in a split second" continues. look, if you have copd like me, you know it can be hard to breathe, and how that feels. copd includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. spiriva helps control my copd symptoms by keeping my airways open for 24 hours. plus, it reduces copd flare-ups. spiriva is the only once-daily inhaled copd maintenance treatment that does both. spiriva handihaler tiotropium bromide inhalation powder does not replace fast-acting inhalers for sudden symptoms.
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a peaceful bike ride is violently disrupted and it's all caught on camera by one of the stunned bike riders.
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february 9th, 2011, a friday night in brazil. several dozen cyclists take to the streets for their monthly ride. they're taking part in critical mass, an event with a single purpose, to promote cycling as an alternative to driving. in cities around the world bicyclists get together once a month for solidarity. >> they fight it all the way through! >> most critical mass rides are peaceful. not this one. >> i go to the march every day. every month. it's a normal critical mass for me. it is a rainy day. we were expecting lots of people. >> translator: what is important is going there, contribute. to make the program more popular with the people.
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>> the event takes on more significance in congested urban areas where conflict and competition between bikes and cars can put people on edge. brazil is particularly prone to this situation. our streets, bridges, highways, everything is plans thinking about the car. drivers, for example, they don't move because there are lots of cars. >> that evening finds the roads heavily crowded. tensions are building between riders and drivers. >> translator: at a certain point when i was behind the people i noticed an argument between riders and driver of a black car. >> and that argument is about to boil over. >> translator: i looked back and saw cyclist makes gestures to the motorists. when i looked back again a car was already coming, accelerating
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i thought, oh, no, it's coming. we didn't think someone was going to accelerate the car on purpose to run us over. >> in a split second the peaceful ride turns bloody when the enraged driver plows his car into the crowd of cyclists. a fellow rider captures the heart stopping moment on camera. elton is among several cyclists hit. >> and before i was able to look back again, the car collided with the back of my bicycle at the beginning of its acceleration, so it didn't hit me with all its force, but the bike and i were thrown to the air, and i fell to the ground. >> translator: i was left terrified from what happened, from seeing people lying on the ground. the sound of crying, the other cyclists that weren't run over trying to help those that were run over.
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some that were even unconscious on the ground. there were bloodstains on the ground. >> fellow riders tend to those who have been struck and ambulances arrive within minutes. in the end, 17 riders are hurt. there are no fatalities. >> i am always surprised to know that nobody died in the so-called accident. it wasn't an accident. it was a crime. he was trying to murder, to murder us. >> after fleeing the scene, the driver checks himself into a psychiatric clinic where he was later arrested. he claims he mowed down the cyclists in self defense. he's still awaiting trial, leaving the riders to wait for some sort of closure. >> it's difficult for me to remember this because it was simply the worst thing i have
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ever saw in terms of violence. >> you do see aggressive motorists sometimes, and it is sad when that happens. but usually when you see that, it means the city needs the critical mass. >> bill has spent three decades as an environmental activist, trying to increase awareness and push the benefits of bikes. >> you're in a car and you're very isolated. so you don't realize, hey, that person is on a bicycle or walking across the street. and you have this huge weapon. and then the bike culture was completely different where you smell the trees. you feel like the bumps, you know. >> but not everyone is on board with the critical mass philosophy. critics accuse the troops of trying to obstruct traffic. and in new york city, riders have had high profile
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confrontations with the nypd. two of which were caught on camera. the first was captured by a critical mass rider in 2007. the second in 2008. filmed by a tourist in times square and give on the a critical mass representative shows rookie officer patrick hogan shoving cyclist christopher lung off his bike. the officer was later convicted of submitting a false report in connection with this arrest and removed from the force. >> this one incident, the christopher long incident that happened in the middle of times square. what a great location for an incident to happen. it can then go viral. which it did. a rookie police officer came out of nowhere, we were just riding our bikes through times square like we have done all the time and he body checked him. he went flying off his bicycle. part of the success is the city was doing a lot of stuff, the police, to stop it. to capture it on video tape was very embarrassing to the city. >> they say this was changing
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the city. the city credits the 2007 agenda called plan yc for creating more than 280 miles of bike lanes in new york city. whoever is responsible, the bikers are happy campers. >> we can turn it around and make it cool to ride a bike. now you see the bike lanes with bridge access. bike parking. auto-free plaza. times square is auto-free. so it's amazing what you can get if you stay with it. >> coming up -- from terrified to triuphant. one girl's journey down the mountain top. when "caught on camera: in a split second" continues.
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on top of 40-foot ski jump for the very first time in a split second a 10-year-old goes from scared little girl -- >> my ski is slipping off. >> to mountain conquerer. >> here i go. >> and it's all caught on her own helmet camera. >> yeah! >> ski jumping is the sport of throwing yourself head first down a mountain at 60 miles an hour to see how far you can fly. when the sport became an official olympic event in 1924 only men were permitted to compete. for decades women clambered for their right. they finally got it in 2011. >> women ski jumpers got the news they have been hoping for as the international olympic committee announced it will include women's ski jumping in the 2014 games in russia. >> for members of the u.s. women's team who campaigned long
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and hard for this to happen, the announcement itself is practically a gold medal. >> even though it's an individual sport, accomplishing something as a team is something cool. >> jessica is one of the top ranked ski jumpers. >> i started when i was 7. i took my first jumps on the 5 meter. now i compete on the 90 meter. i don't remember what my first jump was like. but i remember every time i would move up to be a bigger hill being terrified. >> this is the first time we can call ourselves olympic hopefuls and mean it. >> teammate abbie hughes dreamed of the olympics. >> it's a goal i have had since i started jumping when i was six. when i was younger i always looked up to the boys. i never had any girls to look up to. >> but now as an official olympic sport, girls do have someone to look up to. she grew up skiing the same mountain as her idols.
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in olympic park in park city, utah. >> they've inspired me by being women and ski jumping. and they also inspire me because they got it into the olympics. >> on march 11, 2012, zia wants to jump the 40-foot ski jump. by the end of her session with her coach. >> probably around like 3:00 they had to go back to school. i was like, you ready to jump to the 40 she was really into it. she wanted to jump it. >> i asked him four questions. and he gave me the straight answer. >> do you go faster on the end run? >> a little bit. >> a little bit? is it any steeper? >> just longer. >> just longer. just a bigger 20, that's all. >> i was just trying to keep her calm. just saying that she can do it. and she can. she jumped the 20 meter fine. the 40 meter, if you do the same thing, you'll be fine. i was trying to talk her through it. >> she's in position. but it's an uphill battle for
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this down hill ski jumper to let go. zia has to literally talk herself off the edge from fear to courage. >> here goes something, i guess. you can do this. i'm gonna -- i'm gonna jump. i was worried that i was going to do something wrong, try to back out at the wrong moment. i was worrying about all the things that could go wrong. things that could go wrong in my clothes. >> in the spirit of the moment, however, zia's bravery takes over. >> i got it. here i go. >> and then something in my brain just goes, and i'm like, wait, nothing is going to go wrong. i'm going to do this. [ screaming ]
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yeah! yeah! >> that was awesome. that was definitely the best day as a coach. and after watching the video, you can tell how excited she was. >> the video of zia's jump resonates with more than a million youtube viewers. not to mention with fellow jumpers. future olympic hopefuls, jessica and abbey. after all, it wasn't that long ago they were in the same spot themselves. >> not only is she showing the world what ski jumping is, but she's showing the world from her perspective. but for her, it was something that i think not a lot of people feel. you know, that adrenaline rush and being scared, but excited at the same time. and the first time i met her, i was so excited that this little
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girl could bring herself to do that. >> when we're going to a new hill or we're jumping in a bigger hill, there's always an adrenaline rush and then you question what you are doing, and then you jump and you land and you want it cheer every time. whoo! >> back on the mountain, student and coach savor the moment. >> i thought it was like really scary at the top. but then at the bottom, i'm not sure if you heard this, but i was kind of exploding. >> really? >> yeah, i was like, yeah, yeah! >> oh, yeah, i saw video. >> whooo! >> it was awesome. >> it's so moving to the u.s. team members, they surprise zia with a special acknowledgment. >> we would like to make you an honorary junior team member. >> not every first-time ski jumper is going to get that kind of reward. they can get the same satisfaction of achievement and overcoming fear. >> it's hard to be scared and


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