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Americans love hot dogs and beer and sports. We do, and there is no reason to apologize for it either. So what could be a better way to celebrate our nation’s birthday than combining our three loves together into one great party? Not much, unless you happen to be Los Angeles television reporter Wendy Burch, in which case, making through the day without someone throwing up on you, is probably preferred. You are going to freak out when you see what happened to her this week at the Hermosa Beach IronMan competition in southern California.
Every year in Hermosa Beach, California, unique sporting event takes place. It is called the Hermosa Beach Iron Man, and it consists of a one mile run, one mile of paddle boarding, and then chugging a full six pack of beer, without vomiting.
Reporter Wendy Burch was there to cover the event live for local news station KTLA. As she tried to conduct an interview with one of the competitors, her worst nightmare came true.
Just off camera, a woman in a bikini was kneeling on the ground, vomiting.
Ever the professional, Burch simply smiled and said “It’s getting ugly, it’s getting ugly,” just before noting that the woman was a competitor trying to finish her six pack.
As she turns back to the man and says “It looks like you’ve been training for this for some time,” someone off camera ralphs all over both the burly giant and the reporter.
At that instant, her smile turns from one of amusement to one of bemusement, and then the station cut back to the studio anchors.
Later, the station cut back to Wendy, who had time to clean up.
She said “We want to hope it was people throwing beer, but who knows.”
Wendy Burch wrote about the incident for Huffington Post, saying “I grabbed a guy who appeared to be a spirited competitor, and from the evidence of his beer belly, had been clearly training for this event for years. My hope was that his broad… ah, erh… shoulders, could shield our morning viewers from the ups—and from what wasn’t staying down—in this competition. What I didn’t notice until later, is that he had a bullseye drawn on his back with the words “puke here” written in magic marker. And wouldn’t you know it? Someone took him up on the offer right during the middle of my live report, much to the chagrin, of me, our anchors and anyone in Southern California who may have been eating breakfast at that very moment. So, for the better part of the next two minutes, i Just kept interviewing drunken people, while sudsy substances flew in the air and landed in my hair. Let’s say, after that, it was a wrap.”
While people all around her were losing their lunch, she never lost her sense of humor!
One person that watched the clip could totally relate. He wrote “I hate to admit this but I was vomited on at a U2 concert several years ago. The lady sitting behind me and my friend had one too many drinks and puked. It was the most disgusting thing that’s ever happened to me. I’ve never run to a bathroom so quick in my life. However, after we cleaned up and changed our shirts security found us and gave us front row seats. We went from nosebleed seats to feeling Bono’s sweat. My friend said it was worth us getting puked on. I disagree…”
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