Sorry to hear this. I always hate it.
Sorry to hear this. I always hate it.
Here is a beautiful article that ESPN had a while back about the Backstrom's incredible family.
Love and Prayers to the family.
Arne was a really good guy. We came in contact with him fairly frequently when he repped Tecnica/Volkl. It's so hard for us all to lose these good spirits--the riders and skiers--and I agree with his Dad that he lived well. Seems like a quick death, great life....only that the life was shorter than we all wanted for him. But we can't choose this.
I'm glad for him that he went this way rather than other ways that weren't so connected to the expressions of his life. I'm guessing that if he knew he had to die that he would have preferred it this way as well.
I will be a little presumptuous here, and if the family sees this and takes issue, I am truly sorry. But I will paraphrase and edit part of a prayer of gratitude I say for my own son. It just helps remind me what is real.
I'm grateful to the mountains for providing such a place of power for Arne's mythic life and death. And I'm grateful that it was the mountain that claimed him, and took him home. And I forgive the mountain for its complicity in this wild dance. And I forgive the mountain for its cruelty. And the miracle of his life, and the truth of his death--our joy and our sorrow--are part of our own lives now. And we will always feel that, and honor him, for how he touched those around him and how his skis sang in the snow.
My heart goes out to his family with love and understanding.
Another tragic loss for Squaw. I was lucky to see Arne ski and chatted with him this year, he seemed like an incredibly nice guy and a fantastic athlete. This is Arne flying on the Goodwill's Air off the Granite Peak area at Squaw.
I'm always reminded of this poem when I see things like this...
The time you won your town the race
We chaired you through the market place
Man and boy stood cheering by
and home we brought you shoulder high
Today, the road all runners come
Shoulder high we bring you home
And set you at your threshold down
Townsman of a stiller town
Smart lad, to slip betimes away
From fields where glory does not stay
And early thought the laurel grows
It withers quicker than the rose
Eyes the shady night has shut
Cannot see the record cut
And silence sounds no worse than cheers
After earth has stopped the ears
Now you will not swell the rout
Of lads who wore their honors out
Runners whom renown outran
And the name died before the man
So set, before its echoes fade
The fleet foot on the sill of shade
And hold to the low lintel up
The still defended challenge cup
And round that early-laurelled head
Will flock to gaze the strengthless dead
And find unwithered on its curls
The garland briefer than a girl's
"To an Athlete Dying Young" by A.E. Housman
Hard to believe its been three years.
Though I never knew Arne, personally, I have become close friends with people who were some of his most intimate friends. Its evident that the mark on this world that Arne left is a beautiful one.
Arne was a fantastic skier. I try to emulate his technique when ever I ski technical terrain and choppy snow. (Honestly I think of him sometimes on groomers when I'm being too hard on my edges) So smooth, stylish, made the hardest of lines look like a walk in the park. For me he is one of the skiers that I constantly try to emulate.
Michael Von Gruenaggen (Sp?)
Don't be confused by such an elite list, frankly my skiing does not belong in the same sentence as theirs. Also I'm not saying that anyone else needs to consider this group the pinnacle of technique. Point of posting this is that Arne was one of the best of the very best and a tough tough loss for the sport.
Its been 5 years.
When I first posted in this thread I had no idea how Arne's imprint on the ski world would change my skiing. His contributions to the innovations at Tecnica/Blizzard have inspired some of the funnest skis I've been on.
His legacy has inspired an event that earns money for kids to learn how to love the outdoors without leaving a negative impact
Thank you Arne for leaving a beautiful footprint on this world.
It is with respect and inspiration that I bump this for Throwback Thursday
Yep, I saw that and thought the same thing.
I found some old group ski photo's the other day and I was the only one still alive.
May our fallen friends rest in peace.
I was thinking the same thing.
It also occurred to me that, since my move west I have gotten to know some of these people personally, including Kevin Quinn (original poster of the accident report) which deepens the content. Like its coming from his mouth instead of words on paper.