Oh, the pain, the pain (Dr Smith, from Lost in Space)I was SOOOO bummed to hear about Tony's injury from cgeib, by phone, shortly after it happened. Tony and I have worked together off and on, and have crossed paths many times since we first met in Kirkwood, where he came to teach on our staff back in about '83.
I just got off the phone with Tony, and he seems to be resting somewhat comfortably at home. His surgery resulted in the same rod being implanted with screws, as I and several others have mentioned.
He and I discussed the similarities in our two incidents, and found them to be almost identical! We both were on fairly short skis, with identical boots. Both making left turns, when the inside ski got hung up- twisting under the outside ski and then catching the edge.
In my case, the leg broke before I fell, actually just as the binding released. I didn't get a feel from Tony whether that timing was duplicated in his case. But I would assume it was similar from his description of the fall.
So- to answer the question many are asking on this thread, it is the abrupt stop that shears the bone, not necessarily the ensuing fall. And yes, higher DIN settings may have played a contributing role. I normally use a 13 DIN, but since have dropped to an 8. But I do know that as my leg heals to full strength, it will go back up.
I do not know what DIN Tony uses, but I would guess it's fairly high as well. He is an incredibly powerful, aggressive skier. And you can rest assured that one day he will return to the same level of performance.
He and I also discussed the benefits of immediate PT, and not letting the rest of the body go to hell while waiting for the leg to heal. I have no doubt it contributed to my being back on skis in just less than 9 months. But to expect Tony back this season, though possible, is unlikely. I was pleasantly suprised when the Drs gave me the all clear to go to Argentina, with the caveat of "use good common sense".
I wish Tony as quick and painless recovery as I had, and I know he'll be just as excited to put the boards back on again as I was!
(As a side note.... Tony also expressed a desire to learn to fly during our conversation... is this a trend? )
Good Luck, buddy!