What could be cooler than hoisting the Grey Cup over your head while standing atop a mountain, especially if your friend is in a helicopter, filming the whole thing? Well, being able to actually watch the footage he shot might be a good start.
That's something that James Yurichuk and his friend Bradley Friesen are wishing for after the pair took the Canadian Football League's championship trophy for a wild ride. Yurichuk is a linebacker with the CFL's B.C. Lions, the team that won the Grey Cup last month in Vancouver. As a member of the championship team, Yurichuk was given a turn at keeping the trophy for one day. To make the most of his chance on Monday, Yurichuk turned to his friend Friesen, a B.C. helicopter pilot. The pair loaded the Cup into Friesen's chopper, which was outfitted with cameras, and headed into the Coast Mountains.
"I landed [Yurichuk] on top of a 6,000-foot mountain peak and just got the most epic shots of him holding the cup over his head," Friesen told Metro Vancouver. "Nothing says B.C. like standing on top of a mountain peak with the Grey Cup."
Unfortunately, those epic shots didn't survive Yurichuk's and Friesen's continued celebrations Monday night. Somewhere in the pair's trek to some half-dozen Vancouver bars between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m., two of Friesen's three SD cards of footage went missing.
"Absolutely the stupidest thing I've ever done in my life," he said. "They must have fallen out of my pocket."
The pilot still managed to put together the a video of his and Yurichuk's trek to the mountains with the Cup, but he's hoping that someone will get in touch with his missing memory cards so he can give it the treatment it deserves.
He's posted the video on YouTube with a plea to anyone who came across the cards to get in touch, and offering a free helicopter ride to anyone who helps reunite him with the footage. He's hoping the video will go viral and someone will make the connection soon.
Friesen has had no leads yet, he says, but "a ton of support."
"Hopefully some taxi driver or bar staff has just picked them up and thrown them in a lost and found drawer, and the exposure will encourage them to have a look at what's there."
Here's the video as it stands right now. Anyone in Vancouver have the footage Friesen needs to make it better?
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