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Olympic skateboarder takes out cameraman during run

Australian skateboarder Kieran Woolley collided with a cameraman, but both parties went on to finish out the task at hand at the Tokyo Olympics.

TOKYO, Japan — Olympic athletes are known for doing anything and everything it takes to get the job done. Evidently, Olympic TV camera operators are no different

At the end of first run of the men's park skateboarding competition in Tokyo, Australian skater Kieran Woolley collided with a cameraman who was filming his performance. Woolley slid off a rail and skated almost directly into the cameraman, who fell flat on his back but managed to keep his large camera in one piece. 

Not only that, but the camera was confirmed to still be in working condition after the collision, as the cameraman — like a champ — shot the rest of Woolley's run from ground. The pair gave each other a fist bump and a thumbs up before finishing out the task at hand.

WATCH: Skateboarder Kieran Woolley takes out cameraman during run

Woolley, 17, ended up scoring an 82.69 on the run, enough to qualify him in the No. 2 spot for the final. He finished fourth in the medal event while Australian teammate Keegan Palmer, 18, claimed the gold

The average age of the women's skateboarding medalists in Tokyo was just over 14; four women aged 16 or younger, including a 12-year-old, earned medals in the sport's Olympic debut. On the men's side, the average was just under 23.

Even in the competitions where the outright favorites were well into their 20s, youth prevailed.

But nearly everyone involved delivered a stunning showcase for the sport and its quirks — the hugging and use of earbuds in competition were particularly popular on social media — growing intrigue ahead of its next confirmed Olympic appearance three years from now. 

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