Ukrainian Honor Guardsman Turns Embarrassing Mistake Into Impressive Move

Henry Baker

We all have those public moments of embarrassment when, rather than just admitting, "Yeah, I nearly cracked my head open slipping on the pavement," we try to play it off like "Yeah, I meant to do that, and I hope no one noticed." It's hard to imagine a bigger stage for an embarrassing mistake, though, than a Ukrainian guardsman had in a recent video. As he walks up to the president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovich, and the president of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, the latter of whom was on an official visit, the guard knocks his own hat off with his saber. In a split second, however, he is able to catch the hat on his sheath, playing it off like it was all in the plan. Though the move is performed expertly, what is really a treat is seeing how much the two presidents enjoy it — nearly busting a gut trying to keep a straight face. We think maybe the rest of the Ukrainian guards should adopt the move, or maybe it is too specialized for all of them. The video is a hit on YouTube, with over 200,000 views so far, and commenters love it. People are writing things like "In Ukraine, hat wears you!" and "Bravo, smart officer!"

 
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