Ryan McGeeney, an intern on the photo staff of the Ogden (Utah) Standard-Examiner, has seen a lot. He’s 33 years old and was in the Marines for seven years, including six months in Afghanistan.
That explains how he was able to keep calm when, while he worked at the Utah high school track and field championships, a javelin pierced the skin under his knee and stayed in his leg. After a quick trip to the hospital to remove the javelin and get 13 stitches, he returned to the meet.
“They don’t have javelins in Afghanistan,” McGeeney joked to his paper. “That’s where I’m lucky.”
The boy who threw the javelin, Provo High’s Anthony Miles, ended up winning the event. And McGeeney got a nice self-portrait out of it.
“If I didn’t take pictures of it, I’d wish I had,” he said. “Also, if I didn’t, it would probably be my editor’s first question when I got back.”