When your backflip goes viral
IT was the backflip that went viral.
More than 643,000 people clicked on the photo of Bailey Johnson, 16, as he soared across a snow covered Great Alpine Road about this time last year.
“It blew all our minds at how many people were sharing the photo and commenting on it”, Johnson said.
“I was really proud of the jump and landing it so smoothly, but I didn’t expect there to be so much interest in it.”
Johnson joins local legend Peter Zirknitzer among the very few to jump the road gap.
Zirky, as he is known to locals, used to jump the gap daily on skis on his way to lessons when he was an instructor. A photo captured of it on display in the family owned hotel at Hotham since 1980s.
“I’ve grown up skiing at Hotham and always admired the photo of Zirky jumping the gap. I never thought that my photo would become more iconic, but that’s the power of social media I guess”, Johnson said.
Since the photo went viral on the internet, Bailey has been finishing his year 12 school studies at Yarra Valley Grammar and ironically recovering from a knee injury he sustained while skiing in the US this northern hemisphere winter.
Johnson will be back skiing at Mt Hotham this winter.
“I think I’ll leave the big tricks to freestyle competitions where I don’t have to worry about getting into any trouble”, he said.