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post #61 of 81
Weems, Tsavo and Bong have covered everything and I really can't add anything.


No incredible story to tell, sorry. Simple left hand turn that went all wrong for no reason.
post #62 of 81
Quote:
Originally Posted by YoungOldTimer
I'm sorry to hear about the accident, but I don't think that having one of their top ski instructors sitting there in full public view with a leg that he broke while skiing is exactly the image the SS and SAM would like to project. :

YOT
Check the stats on olympians and world cuppers ... you'll find a VERY long list of broken bones.
post #63 of 81
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson
Stuff happens. He could have fallen off a ladder. I've seen folks in casts or on crutches at several ski school desks.
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Originally Posted by Evilanche
Check the stats on olympians and world cuppers ... you'll find a VERY long list of broken bones.
Kneale & Evilanche - Of course us oldtimers, hardcore youngsters, the ski pros here and even the ordinary "hooked" intermediate wouldnt bat an eye if they saw someone with a busted leg booking lessons.

But what about the overprotective mom who doesnt ski and didnt even want to go an a skiing vacation in the first place? When she walks up to the desk to book a lesson for her two little darlings and sees a SS employee in this condition, you just know the next question is going to be, -did you do it skiing?-

This wont cause her to make her family immediately stop skiing and go home, but when its time for the next family vacation, its just one more bit of ammo she has to point them towards some other type of activity. The problem is that there are way too many people like this hypothetical overprotective mom and they DO have the power of the veto on family activities in many households and SAM knows this. If I remeber correctly I think I saw an article about family decision making on the SAM forum a year or two ago.

I could be wrong, but my guess is that unless Ric has lots of friends in high places and really wants to do this job, the SSD will make a conservative decision and put him in a less public position while he is recovering. IMHO the risks outweigh the benefits to the SS on this one. Having poor Ric front and center just projects a completely wrong image for the SS. But we'll see what happens when he gets back to work.

YOT
post #64 of 81
That's why they sit behind a counter!

(I talked with Ric tonight and I told him the number of posts in just 2 days about his accident wishing him well. He was very grateful and thankful to all, will hopefully be home on Tuesday or Wednesday, and will try and post an update then. He certainly sounded in good spirits, and has had minimal pain since the ORIF.
post #65 of 81

It's really hard to believe that this happened just over 5 yrs ago! I can remember it as if it happened this morning!

 

It struck me late on the 11th of this month, that it was the 5 yr anniversary of my leg injury. Prior to this, I had only been conscious of the 1st anniversary. The others just slipped by me.

 

I didn't ski again that season (spent it behind a desk working in Vail Activity Center), but I did ski just a few days short of 9 months from the date of the initial injury down in Argentina. The next 2 seasons I spent very part time at Vail, as I had gotten a full time gig flying corporate and charter aircraft in Houston. In March/07, about 16 months after the injury, I had the hardware removed from the leg while on a trip to Vail . It was a relatively simple, 30 minute outpatient surgery, followed by about 2-3 weeks of taking it easy (but no crutches).

 

But as the economy went sour, I got furloughed along with about 10 other pilots at my company. That was in late Sept/08. I looked for another flying gig, but when the season was ready to begin, I hopped back to Vail and just slotted in where I left off.

 

That season was a tough one, as the leg had not really been stressed in the 30-40 days of skiing I had done the previous 2 seasons while part time. But last season it really came back strong. Now there are absolutely no doubts about it's strength and durability.

 

I am now about to begin my 3rd season back at Vail full time. Just the past couple of days, I have been skiing some outstanding snow at Breck, during PSIA-RM Examiner Training... Yes, I have decided to reactivate from Emeritus Examiner to Active.

Obviously, I have a certain respect for the first day on snow that 5 or more yrs ago I'm certain I didn't have. Not trepidation or anything negative, just a bit more attention and respect.

 

But I must admit, it is a treat to get that 1st day under your belt with no incidents!

 

I hope everyone has a safe and snowfilled winter! Vail is scheduled to open on Friday with one of the biggest openings we have had in many years- almost the entire front of the mtn! And no doubt the back (China, Blue Sky, and the Back Bowls) won't be far behind!

 

A person HAS to be excited by that!

post #66 of 81

Inspiring story Rick!

post #67 of 81

I remember reading about this VSP and it doesn't seem like it was 5 seasons ago. Had to be horrible having that winter taken away from you. For the rest of us, it reinforces how special the gift of  skiing is and how fortunate we are when we are able to participate.

post #68 of 81

Hi Ric- looking forward to skiing with you this season! I've only been able to spend 2 days on snow thus far, but I'm planning on a lot more. A friend just bought a place just across the highway from Lionshead, so maybe I'll have the chance for a lot of days this year.

post #69 of 81
I sympathize and empathize as I suffered a tibia plateau at Breckenridge in late November, 2006. Truly miserable to break your leg when the season has barely started. Ric, I'm glad you're doing well and it looks like the start of a fabulous season in Colorado!
post #70 of 81

Well, lets just hope the "thumb incident" was enough to apease the gods  smile.gif.....  Best of luck again for this season and I look forward to making some turns with ya'

 

Cheers!

 

post #71 of 81
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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post

Well, lets just hope the "thumb incident" was enough to apease the gods  smile.gif.....  Best of luck again for this season and I look forward to making some turns with ya'

 

Cheers!

 


Between the thumb last season, and the shoulder the season before, these little niggling injuries hurt worse than the leg!  hahaha  And they take just as long to heal as the leg did...

 

Finn- get over here anytime... fun skiing with you last season!
 

post #72 of 81


 

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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post

Well, lets just hope the "thumb incident" was enough to apease the gods  smile.gif.....  Best of luck again for this season and I look forward to making some turns with ya'

 

Cheers!

 


Between the thumb last season, and the shoulder the season before, these little niggling injuries hurt worse than the leg!  hahaha  And they take just as long to heal as the leg did...

 

Finn- get over here anytime... fun skiing with you last season!
 

 

Agreed! Come back soon Finn!
 

post #73 of 81

I will definitely be back for april and maybe before that!  That was a great trip and great to meet so many other bears.

post #74 of 81

I just read this last chapter, boy, what an adventure. So that's why you were back at Vail, VSP. I was a bit puzzled. (not at being back at Vail, just not flying).   Obviously you enjoyed it enough to keep at it, well done.  I miss the snowy office occasionally, sometimes for 10 minutes at a time.

post #75 of 81

Hey Rick,

 

How about ESA East in '11? You owe me some good luck!

 

Evan

post #76 of 81

Ric

That is really bad luck. My best wishes for a full recovery. Hope to catch up again next winter.

Re bindings. Bindings seem to react very differently depending on the situation. A couple of years ago while skiing country slush one ski stopped,I carried on, the binding released but only after a serious calve strain. Last week at the race camp my ski made slight contact with a snowboard and popped off as if the DIN setings were nil.   

I normally ski on a DIN of 8 (5ft.10, 175 lb. 64)

Spring technology is pretty old hat, are any manufacturers working on other release mechanisms eg load cells?   

post #77 of 81

uboom - original post was in 2005! I skied with Ric a couple of weeks ago - he is alive, well, and skiing.

 

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Originally Posted by uboom View Post

Ric

That is really bad luck. My best wishes for a full recovery. Hope to catch up again next winter.

Re bindings. Bindings seem to react very differently depending on the situation. A couple of years ago while skiing country slush one ski stopped,I carried on, the binding released but only after a serious calve strain. Last week at the race camp my ski made slight contact with a snowboard and popped off as if the DIN setings were nil.   

I normally ski on a DIN of 8 (5ft.10, 175 lb. 64)

Spring technology is pretty old hat, are any manufacturers working on other release mechanisms eg load cells?   

post #78 of 81

I have to say- any Rumors of my re-injuring myself are WAY overstated! Several of you have thought that this injury was a recent one, though it actually happened 5 years ago! My resurrection of this thread was only meant to be an acknowledgement of the 5 year anniversary of the most significant injury I have had during my career. But I do appreciate and thank those of you who have offered belated wishes! I'll put them in the bank in case of any future incidents!

 

I am happy to report the leg is at least 110%, and actually does not have ANY residual effects from the injury! I would be hard pressed to describe any remaining effects, other than a few scars from the surgery.

 

post #79 of 81

Oh Ric, I'm so sorry about this injury.  I hope you heal quickly.  hang in there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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post #80 of 81

 Well, a least I know what's going on in this thread. Ric, time to post some terrible jokes in the humor forum.

post #81 of 81

I will have to look at post dates more carefully. I am very glad you are well beacuse the older you are the harder it is toget back to square one from serious sports injuries.

Any comments from anyone on nerw potential binding release mechanisms?

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