Originally Posted by COSkiGirl
Thanks for posting that blog entry, it interesting to read and amazing how our bodies protect themselves, even down to erasing the memory of such a horrific crash. I really hope he never remembers that part of the run.
He won't. I used to collect concussions like other kids saved baseball cards, so I have some practice with this. Last time I got rebooted, when I got hit while skiing with my daughter, after I came to a stop and turned to look uphill for her, and knocked unconscious, my memory stopped just shortly before the crash, when the guy hit me so hard he broke my helmet. (And, no, it wasn't a snowboarder. Or, oddly enough, even a teenaged boy.)
But that doesn't mean it won't make a difference. I figured, after the last time I got rebooted, that since I didn't recall the impact, it wouldn't make any difference to my fear on the hill. Wrong. I was seriously paranoid about getting hit again, for some time, especially on the run where I got clocked.
Fortunately, whether or not short on memories, the best downhillers are long on courage.
Here's the youtube video of Hermann Maier's famous upside-down and then through two fences crash in the downhill at the Nagano Olympics:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXvmvA-KN2M
Three days later, he took gold in the Super-G. Three days after that, he took gold in the GS, prompting Austrian teammate (and that year's WC overall winner) Stephan Eberharter to say "I am the greatest ski racer in the world. But Hermann Maier--he's from another planet."
And here's the youtube video of an even more violent crash, Daron Rahlves' head over heels equipment explosion and then through two barriers in the 2005 WC Adelboden GS race:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jFuNHyyIHU
Daron, bruised and a little stiff, came back in the very next WC race, the Super-G at Kitzbuhel two weeks later, to finish second.
Concussions are tricky--you do NOT want to get more than one in a relatively short period, because that radically increases the risk of intracranial bleeds and actual serious brain damage with pretty profound lasting effects. (Out in my neck of the woods, a catcher for the S.F. Giants last year got rung up three times by foul tips in a week, a couple of which he didn't even register as concussions. His daily functioning is still impaired, and he'll never be back in baseball.)
Any way, best wishes for a very speedy recovery and getting back on snow and up on the podium again for Scott Macartney, who was having his best year yet (and a heck of a run at Kitzbuhel before that last jump--he was nearly in the points even sliding across the finish unconscious.)