Totally off Topic: Natasha Richardson

My condolences go out to the family of Ms. Richardson. A seemingly ordinary and everyday occurrence turned tragic with the accident that ultimately resulted in her death. And it started on the bunny slope. I'm not saying this to be funny. I started skiing at 6. I've had more than my fair share of accidents when it comes to skiing. The last one was enough to scare me off the slopes for quite a few years. I skied actively through my teens and was a bit of a rebel. We did all kinds of stupid and unimaginably dangerous moves with two boards strapped to our feet. And no helmet. They didn't wear helmets back then. The only safety gear we had were the straps that went around our ankles to make sure that our skis didn't take off when we fell down. They did eventually upgrade that to the tiny break system so that people didn't have skis swinging wildly around on straps and hitting people in the head. I've fallen on the bunny slope many times, as well as off T-bars, the ends of chairlifts and even gone off the slope a time or two... (once ending up against a tree without injury!) Would I let my kids ski today without helmets? Probably not. They've got too much of my daredevilness in them to think they wouldn't try the stuff I did. I can only hope that out of the tragedy of Ms. Richardson death that there becomes awareness of just how quickly things can change.


Morgan Mandel said...

I'm not a risk taker and I have a horrible sense of balance, so I wouldn't even try.

Morgan Mandel

Anonymous said...

I loved this women. I enjoyed so much of what she did, and I feel for her husband Liam and her two boys.

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