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AnGaperIs referred to as an action sport for a reason.
Titsandwich11skiing's always been dangerous. pretty sure we have more deaths than most any other sport. one specific trick didn't suddenly make it dangerous to fly down a mountain and jump off shit
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Thom4sMuch safer than it has been with modern helmets. My life has been saved 10+ times by helmets for sure so safety gear must be headed in the right direction.
eheathYour life has been saved over 10 times cause of your helmet? I think you're being a bit dramatic.
That being said, skiing has always been dangerous. Many deaths/serious injuries in our sport have happened with a helmet/saftey equipment on, modern gear doesn't necessarily change anything.
Thom4sWell 10+ may be an exaggeration but I've cracked a hard foam helmet on a rail once which amazingly got away with unharmed and took a trip to the ER with a bad concussion another time after getting shot into the woods and hitting my head on a tree (with a helmet on thank god). Just this season I watched a girl hit a tree and have to get carried off the mountain on by a helicopter with a life threatening head injury. True, skiing will always have an element of danger with and without helmets but from what I've seen and been through I'd say they are the difference between life and death in many situations.
jessejamesIt is so sad to see a young amazing athlete reduced to a life with the possibility of never walking. The jumps keep getting the bigger. Why is USASA putting together enormous courses for amateur athletes. Yes there the best kids in their area but they are still kids. Kids who are encouraged to by the sponsors, parents, coaches, USASA, and the entire ski industry to "push their limits". I was on the side lines and Nationals. I heard parents freaking out-yelling at their kids to throw it big. The kids were scared. I watched a little kid take a hard crash after a jump on his head and then the jump judge got up and told the kid who was crying and could hardly stand up to hit the next jump. The kid hit the next one in a nose dive and had to be taken out in a sled. The head judge at the rail jam riders meeting said, "I don't care if you guys fall, we won't be deducting points for falling. I don't want you to be too conservative...THIS IS NATIONALS!" There is no excuse as an organization to contribute to ruining the lives of children. The children should be protected. These are the up and coming athletes of the freeride sport and they are being destroyed before they even have a chance to shine. If this happened in another youth sport it would be obvious that something was wrong. US youth football???? and the kids aren't even hurting themselves to this degree. The pro line jumps at Nationals were massive. This little girl was not the only one severely hurt on them. The athletes are crazed because they are having fun, their coaches are too and the industry is encouraging it all for a buck. She would have been just as happy to win a silver medal, as would any of the athletes, on a much smaller feature. Maybe happier because she and the rest of the kids wouldn't be scared shitless while doing their run. Even the jumps on the 9 and under line had a 30 foot clearance over the knuckle. Yes there were baby jumps which were a total joke to all the athletes because they were set up on the knuckle so you didn't get air rather you fell off a cliff. Food and Entertainment people and with children not gladiators! or maybe more like the Hunger Games!
OzzyJAm I the only one who noticed that it is "to dangerous" but it really should be too?
jessejamesLets all make sure that we are as safe as possible at USASA Nationals this year. I'm hoping that everyone makes safety there #1 prioritpy. This means organizers, coaches, parents and athletes. Lets keep Kailyn in our thoughts and prayers. I came across this article. Read this to see how Kailyn is doing now.