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Old 01-13-2013, 05:39 PM   #11 (permalink)
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That sucks for sure man. Here's to a speedy recovery for you! Remember, at least you lived to ride another day.....even if it will be next season.
Hell yeah.

Although my short lived career in the park is now officially over.
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:49 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I'm still in the hospital, fresh dose of Dilaudid for this is a good time. haha

It was warm, 55 degrees or something. The snow wasn't bad though, faster than I expected so we were happy about that.

Dave, Leo and I go though the park once to kind of scope things out. Everything looked like shit and we didn't hit anything on that lap. We came back around on the next lift and for some reason I decided to hit the first jump.

The first mistake was that I seriously misjudged the drop in zone and started off too high. Secondly, I forgot the snow was faster even though it was soft so I doubled down on my stupidity.

So one of my bad habits is coming in on the jumps favoring my heel edge. Sometimes I catch myself, correct it and land the jump. Other times I end up washing out the landing.

Well since the snow was so soft, when I came in hot on my heel edge and ended up kicking my board out from under me and flying parallel to the ground. Since I was going to fast I overshot the transition and landed flat, on my ass/lower back and boom, broke back mountain.

I knew I had to get out of the way but all I could manage to do was roll over on my knees as I groaned in serious agony. I managed to crawl to the edge of the run. Ski patrol gave me the ride of shame on a board and sled down the hill and the ambulance took me right to the hospital.

The thing that really bothered me was that I was afraid of ruining everyone else's day and I kept telling them to go ride off without me. haha
"Coming in hot." You thought you were in the cockpit of an F15 Tomcat. Your buddy Iceman should have told you to slow down. In all seriousness, thanks for the explanation and have a speedy recovery!
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:52 PM   #13 (permalink)
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"Coming in hot." You thought you were in the cockpit of an F15 Tomcat. Your buddy Iceman should have told you to slow down. In all seriousness, thanks for the explanation and have a speedy recovery!
The kicker is that Leo and I were debating the merits of speed checking on an approach to the jump and I was saying that speed checking wasn't a good habit.

He let me know I made his case.
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I hope that your recovery goes well. Sorry to hear about this.

I always take a few laps checking out the features before I hit anything and I start small.

Again hope all goes well for you.
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Old 01-13-2013, 06:34 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Sounds pretty bad...Sending positive vibes out your way for a speedy recovery!
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Old 01-13-2013, 06:39 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Ouch! Hope it heals well, and hope the drugs continue to be good.

You have just confirmed (as if I needed more confirmation) my fear of overshooting jumps. Especially since I have the same heelside tendency.
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Ouch! Hope it heals well, and hope the drugs continue to be good.

You have just confirmed (as if I needed more confirmation) my fear of overshooting jumps. Especially since I have the same heelside tendency.
The trick with over shooting jumps is don't freak out put that landing gear down. Lift the front knee up and let the tail set down first and roll into the landing. If anything try to snap the tail of the board and ride it out or when you hit just slide. Slush kind of negates that, that's what got me last year with my elbow.
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Old 01-13-2013, 06:53 PM   #18 (permalink)
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man that sucks, im out for the season too and at this point maybe next year too kinda bummer but all that matters is that you live to ride another day. i remember bein in the hospital, had me oxy codin and cottin plus morphine and delluida i was flying pretty high. hope your nurses are pretty bangin mine were . hope they didnt slam a catheter in ya those fuckers suck.
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Old 01-13-2013, 06:59 PM   #19 (permalink)
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So sorry to hear that!

You and Mrs. Sabatoa are in my thoughts. Heal up fast and well.
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:14 PM   #20 (permalink)
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That sucks!
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