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Stuck: London Mayor Dangles Helplessly from Zipline During Dramatic Entrance Flub (With Pics and Vid!)


• "Get me a rope...Get me a ladder!" • FLASHBACK: Slammed Romney for criticizing London's readiness --

(Photo: Rebecca Denton via @rebeccasbrain on Twitter)

A few days after ripping Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for saying there were some "disconcerting" reports ahead of the commencement of the London Olympics, London Mayor Boris Johnson got stuck on a zipline attempting to ride into Victoria Park, where the games are being shown on large screens.

Dangling in midair, legs flailing and blue helmet precariously perched, Johnson reportedly yelled: "Get me a rope...Get me a ladder!" while still trying to wave his miniature flags.

The BBC reported that he was left suspended "like an odd Christmas decoration" for roughly five to ten minutes.

"This is what it's all about; this is great, this is fantastic, this is Team [Great Britain]!" the mayor told the crowd, trying to keep spirits high.

An onlooker later told the BBC he was thinking: "Yeah it's good, but you're still just hanging there."

On July 27th, Johnson told a roaring crowd:  "And there are some people who are coming from around the world, who don't yet know about all the preparations we've done to get London ready in the last seven years."

He continued: "I hear there's a guy called Mitt Romney, who wants to know whether we're ready... Are we ready?  Are we ready?  Yes we are!  The venues are ready, the stadium is ready...the security is ready, the police is ready, the transport system is ready...!"

And while Boris Johnson getting stuck on a zipline is certainly one of the "best" worst-case-scenarios for the London Olympics-- it isn't even really an issue-- it's still pretty amusing considering how confident he was that everything would go according to plan.

Here is video of the mayor's anticlimactic entrance:

Twitter user Liam Tomkins wrote of the mishap: "Never mind the Olympic gold, this is comedy gold..."

Another said the mayor was stuck for so long she "got bored."

Eventually pulled to safety by the ground teams, a spokesperson for the mayor said he remains "unbowed" by the incident.

Johnson himself later remarked: “I don’t know to be honest. I seemed to turn round. Possibly what had happened is that they left a brake on or something... But anyway, it was wonderful and I thoroughly recommend it.”


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