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thing if your little miracle is caught on camera for all to see. i'm contessa brewer. that's all for this edition of "caught on camera." >> 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. >> 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 beat. >> he said go, are you are you sure? 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. "caught on camera: in a split second." imagine a wall of water as tall as a nine-story building. 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 november of 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 surf board to allow surfers to catch waves too far out of reach. they were simply too far to paddle out to. this raises the stakes and the danger level. >> surfing for lack of a better word, a selfish sport.
it's us with our surfboard 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, garrett is the designated tower. hi friends catch the majority of the waves. garrett never even intends to get on his board. >> >> they wanted to surf the lap in front of the rocks. 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 watches crashing all around him, it doesn't take much to convince this life dg long water adventurer who has been surfing since the age of 11. we start going out. started to try to turn for 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, 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 enjoy it. this one i knew if i made any mistakes it could be my last. >> with his breath and body primed garret is towed into the wave. >> it pulled me up almost like slow motion.
even though 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 go get barrel 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 shoulders. 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 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. picks me up, 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 garrett towed his girlfriend nicole into another big one in that very
same spot. that moment was also caught on camera in november 2, 2010. he said, i don't know if you're going to get away. 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 day. 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. >> she let's go of the rope and comes trying down and at the bottom she fell off the board and skipping like a little rag doll. >> nicole takes a beating. >> when i got to the bottom of 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 didn't. i went over the faums 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. because 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. if you don't go in at the right time you'll miss him. >> 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 takes you to the impact zone where you get wave after wave. >> when she got close, i was like stand up! i hadn't gotten pounded so i
didn't know how powerful it 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 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 wedded garret'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 i belong out there and know what i'm doing and i have a plan when it's big. >> there's something about him that i never worry about him when he's the water ever. even if he would have fallen on the wave, i would have known he was going to be okay because he always is. >> he not only rode that wave, a
world record breaker, but he's not finished yet. >> i don't ride horses. >> i don't jump out of airplanes and 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 blows right past its stop and crashes into a barrier wall in one of the worst train wrecks ever. when "caught on camera: in a split second" continues. ♪ [ male announcer ] how do you engineer a true automotive breakthrough? ♪ you give it bold new styling, unsurpassed luxury and nearly 1,000 improvements. introducing the redesigned 2013 glk. see your authorized mercedes-benz dealer for exceptional offers through mercedes-benz
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than 800 passengers are aboard a commuter train in buenos aires, argentina. santiago 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. >> translator: we were together talking a bit. he told me, my boss called me, 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. >> and that's it. there was an explosion. and i lost consciousness. >> 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 and supervisor told us that a train 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 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 crisis situations. >> translator: the idea is to quickly make a mental list of things we are going to
encounter. empty your mind, 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. causes a chain reaction explosion. the collapsing cars throw some passengers around and compress other passengers together. >> translator: and there were people already dead. and the living were 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 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 vasoline from a hospital where they were. >> they use to pull people apart from the wreckage. >> translator: they did it with the first ones that were most compressed. when they unstuck the first ones, they were able to take out the rest from the sides 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're seeing because you won'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. >> 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 more than 700 injured. though the driver of the train has blamed faulty brakes, the cause of the crash is still under investigation. >> translator: when i see the news, i'm not well, my head hurts. i can't sleep. i am overwhelmed. i think a lot about my brother. >> translator: there are dead people so we are sad and give our condolences to the family
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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 rowhouse goes boom. both dramatic incidents are caught on camera. december 20th, 2011, a fast burning fire rages in a home in downtown detroit. >> this is a story we first told brought you last night.
it was breaking at 11:00. 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 actually contained to the front of the house. but the two clearly terrified residents, a man and woman, are so panicked, they may note realize it. >> when they threw the fire bomb, it broke out on the porch, whafrn whatever accelerant created a lot of 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. the lesson to be learned, with nearly 3,000 americans killed in house fire every year, it's critical to be prepared. >> have a plan where you have a means of egress, don't wait until you're in that situation to try to navigate it. things you don't think like that. across the atlantic, the firefighters in yorkshire england think they have the fire contained. but seconds after they clear the
building, a massive explosion engulfs the house in flames and it's kapts toured 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. >> on the night of the incident, the second house up was the house where the first fire engine attended what was party to the fire service as a gas meter on fire. we could see there was 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 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 circumstances to be sure. but from there it gets even more unusual from a fire investigator's point of view. >> the fires developed in such a way that two small fires are being dealt with. then within a few minutes the third house up, the door is slightly open. and all of a sudden, you can see the front door slam into the door frame. this all happens in less than a 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. copper tables and they were mounted on the wooden 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 u.k. alone, nearly 1 billion dollars worth of copper wire is stolen every year from basements and rooftops 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.
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i'm milissa rehberger. here's what's happening. president obama is on the campaign trail with a stop in las vegas this evening. he'll stay there for the next two days prepare forge wednesday's debate. lindsay lohan was grabbed or maybe even thrown by a man who the actress brought back to her new york city hotel. he is charged with harassment. the argument was over cell phone pictures. now back to "caught on camera." >> 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 of the shrine circus in saginaw, michigan. 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. the final act will end before it has a chance to even take off. >> the last act is the most dangerous. it's the most -- we're jumping metal to metal to tigers and horses on the landing side. it was one of the sketchier set-ups i ever jumped. i was like ready to do it. >> although he had done the show eight times before, this time josh doesn't have the chance to
do a final check of the setup. >> i didn't have no problems with it at all. i can adjust and do it fine. there's a happy medium on how stuff needs to be. especially in our sport, we had buddies die just out on regular setups out of nowhere. >> as josh readies for the opening jump the master of ceremonies gets the crowd pumped up. >> 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 black cable hangs for the ceiling. it's not supposed to be there. and it's in the direct path of josh's motorcycle. >> as soon as i went to jump through the bars i seen the cable. as soon as i jumped, i went off and like it just was there. in my sight, it was like it looked like a big line.
and 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. yum yum the clown, he represents 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. >> for josh, the terrifying midair moment seems to take much, much longer.
when it hit the cable to point it hit the ground it felt like it took 20 seconds because everything went in slow motion. thought i was going to die. >> another spectator catches the moment of impact. >> i mean, it was like dead silence at the time. it felt like i got hit in the head with a truck. it was so loud in my head. it felt like a bomb went off. after that, it just zoned out and was like here we go. i'm going. >> josh plummets 30 feet from midair and snacks the ground. moments later the emcee makes an announcement. >> this is not part of the performance. >> al bazener is not a doctor but is a veteran of the vietnam
and gulf wars and recognizes danger when he sees it. the cable is still swinging and he jumps in front of it taking the full force of the rebounding 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 later tell him that if the wire had hit him a few inches lower it could have killed him. >> the corner of my eye right here is still sensitive. it looked like i had gone 12 rounds with a professional fighter. >> josh's injuries are far worse. >> when i hit the ground, i kind of knew my feeler was broke and arm was messed up bupt i didn't know my elbow was split wide open. it busted right in half. there are two bones in my forearm that are fractured and
wrist fracture and shoulder blade fractured and internal damage here. luckily it was mostly fractures. >> several months later, josh is on the mend. >> i end up getting pins in my elbow to hold my elbow cap thing together. then i got a rod up in my femur with six screws and wire holding that together. that's all drill up into the hipbone, all the way up into the socket just about. >> his recovery isn't as fast as he'd like it to be. >> they say i won't ride for six months. it's like, come on, it depends on how strong i can get in that time and rebuild stuff. >> josh isn't the only one ready to get back in the ring. despite yum yum's injuries, he's not ready to retire the red nose just yet. >> i plan on doing this as much
as i can and 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.
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. >> here are two of the riders. >> i go to the march every day. every month. so it was a normal critical mass for me. it was a rainy day and we were expecting lots of people. >> what is important is going there, contributing. to make the program more popular with the people. >> the event takes on more significance in congested urban areas where conflict and competition between bikes and
cars can put people on edge. he says brazil is particularly prone to this situation. >> our streets and bridges and highways and everything is planned 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 and i thought, oh, no it's coming. that's what i thought, it's coming. but we dntd think someone was going to accelerate their 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 people seeing lying on the ground. the sound of crying, the other cyclists that weren't run over trying to help those that were run over. 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. the 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 form of closure. >> it's difficult for me to remember this because it was simply the worst thing i have ever saw in terms of violence. >> you do see aggressive motorists sometimes and it's sad
that happens but usually when you see that, it means that 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. you have this huge weapon. and the bike culture which is completely different, where you smell the trees. you feel like the bumps. >> but not everyone is on board with the critical mass philosophy. critics accuse the group of trying to obstruct traffic. and in new york city, riders have had high profile 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 given to 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 of the biking story and critical mass, the city was doing a lot, the police, to stop it. to capture it on video tape was embarrassing. >> he credits the videos for changing the kiica culture of t 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. >> ride your bike! >> we can turn it around and make it cool to ride a bike. that's what we've been doing. now you can see thedoing. now you can see the changes on the streets. you can see the bike lanes, the bridge access. so it's amazing what you can get if you stay with it. to triumphant. one girl's uphill journey down the mountain top. when "caught on camera: in a split second" continues. [ engine revving ] ♪ [ male announcer ] every car we build must make adrenaline pump and pulses quicken. ♪ to help you not just to stay alive... but feel alive. the new c class is no exception.
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>> 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 just 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
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 had only dreamed of the olympics. >> it's a goal i have had since i started jumping. 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, young girls do have role models. zia has jessica and abbie. the 10-year-old grew up skiing the same mountain as her idols in utah. >> they've inspired me by being women and ski jumping. and they also inspire me because
they got into the olympics. >> on march 11, 2012, zia wants to jump the 40-foot ski jump by the end of the practice session. >> 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 a fur 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? not? >> same steepness. 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 exact thing, you'll be fine on the 40 meter. so i was just trying to talk her through it. >> she's in position. but it's an uphill battle for this downhill ski jump tore 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. >> 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 ] 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. 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 girl could break 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 jump and you land and you want to cheer every time. >> yeah wlm! 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 keep 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 then just say, this is scary, i know it is, but i'm going to try. i'm going to try, and i'm going