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Another loss hits snowboarding community: Jeff Anderson, 23, killed in Japan
February 27, 2003

Jeff Anderson, 1979-2003
Credit: Shazamm/ESPN

Jeff Anderson, 24, of Mammoth Lakes, Calif., fell to his death in Nagano, Japan, in the early hours of Feb. 22. Anderson fell four flights after losing his balance on a spiral stair railing he had been attempting to slide down in the hotel where he was staying.

OK, is it time to talk about the negative side of the EXTREME SPORT movement yet? Is the pressure to one up each other in extremeness causing people to push the envelope too far and getting kids seriously injured or killed by prodding them into situations way over their heads? Is corperate Americas ussage of the exteme movement to sell product encouraging and contributing to the problem? Is something wrong here? What are your thoughts?
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I think ultimately, it was Jeff's decision to take that rail slide, and, as sad as the outcome was, he could always have backed out and used common sense. His death could partially have been blamed on peer pressure, testoserone (sp), and maybe on corporate sponsors who paid him to pull the sickest tricks out there. However, at the top of that rail, it was him, and him alone, that decided to do the slide.
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Yeah, lets not let people make any choices that could lead to injury or death. Let the NANNY state begin right now!!! : I certainly want and need protection from myself.

Oh, please provide a link to any article that provides information that this man was sliding the rail on his board. I have not seen one.

Somehow I missed when sliding a staircase on your butt became an extreme sport. Please provide the link to the slidding-staircase-on-butt extreme sport web site.

Lastly, if you don't want to do a dangerous sport, don't. If you don't want to pay for injuries or medical costs for extreme sports injuries, fight to make them non-compensable under public compensation of medicine schemes.

As for your comment about "kids", when and where are 24 year old males considered "kids?"

GET OVER IT! I for one don't need your crying that others are having fun doing something more dangerous than you like. You are not the worlds nanny. Get over it.


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ya man, get the whole story before whinin aobut it, Jeff was sliding it on his butt, not his board, when someone is about to try something dangerous, its them tryin it, we dont want any strict stupid body like the fis in boarding or freesstyle skiing, and get your head out of 'ski magazine'
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I don't want a nanny state, but neither do I believe that someone who chose to do something with the inherent risks should be lauded as a hero, or a victim. (I'm not saying anyone here is claiming that either). As I see it, he died as a result of an accident where he either did not weigh up the risks, or felt confident that the risks were negligible. In either case, I would have to question his judgement on performing the slide.

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I know a former national team athlete who at a very young age (15-16?) went to a national team summer training camp. He slid down a long wooden bannister. At this point the story gets sketchy but either the bannister broke or there was an ornament on the end of it as there often is. You know the old joke " 'reckt 'um, damn near killed him!' it applies here. He went on to stand on TOP of the podium at the Hannenkam World Cup. The accident was almost 30 years ago (crap that's long!). Point is this whole risk taking, bad judgement thing has been around a long time. But it's also often related to great achievements or achievers.

I hear what you're saying about all the hype around 'extreme' it doesn't matter if he was on a board or his butt, it was bad judgement in hindsight at least. It's not so much this guy's bad judgement I worry about, it's the bombardment that 12-16 year olds receive in media hype about being extreme to be cool or wanting to emulate their extreme heroes. There is a certain need to protect them from their own bad judgement it's the nature of being that age. I don't think corporate greed does take into account their target audience and the influence this steady stream of images has on them.

No one wants a nanny state but no one wants to kill off our most promising youth either.

[ March 02, 2003, 12:22 PM: Message edited by: L7 ]
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