“Olympic Cajun” goes for Internet gold in flooded Louisiana ditch

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Jo Guidry's Facebook Live video has been viewed nearly 3 million times.

The swimmer takes his mark. Cap in place, he windmills his arms to get ready. And then, the dramatic dive.

No, we’re not talking about this guy:

AP Photo/Michael Sohn

AP Photo/Michael Sohn

We’re talking about Jo Guidry of New Iberia, La. Incessant rains have created a makeshift Olympic pool near his home, and this Facebook Live clip has made him an online star:

“I thought it would just be a good laugh for my friends,” he told the Daily Iberian. “I thought that’s where it would end.”

Jo Guidry's Facebook Live video has been viewed nearly 3 million times.

Jo Guidry’s Facebook Live video has been viewed nearly 3 million times.

Instead, his video has been viewed nearly 3 million times.

For many, of course, floodwaters are no laughing matter. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency as rescue workers in the southeastern part of the state braced for more precipitation through the weekend.

And you’d be hard pressed to find a safety expert who recommends jumping into a flooded ditch.

“It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters,” the National Weather Service warns.

Guidry is a corporate safety director and triathlete who seemed to master his surroundings, and the yard and street in his video appeared to remain high and dry as the ditch became a dive lane.

“Watching the Olympics + living in South Louisiana,” he posted.


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