So, my story starts on March 17th, 2012 known to most as St. Patty's Day. I headed over to Aspen to compete in the Kickaspen Big Air with my friends Will Berman, Matt Walker and Pat Goodnough. Fast forward to the comp, I made it to the finals and bobbled my first run so I wanted to send it on my second. On my way into the jump I was so stoked and I came in with maybe a little too much speed and popped a little too hard and ended up sending my switch 12 farrr down the landing. The whole trick felt money and I totally thought I was going to stomp. When my left foot touched the snow my knee decided to bend the wrong way inward towards my right leg, the way no knee should bend. I fell down and before I knew it Will and two med staff guys were there asking me where it hurt. I said only on the inside and after a couple breaths I decided I was fine. I got help up and when I tried to take a step on my left leg my knee folded in half again and I fell to the ground. After a nice fire-man carry down to a bench I got to watch Walker and Will take first and second. Then I hobbled down to my car and made an excruciating two hour drive back to Breck.
The next day I went to the Breck ER where they told me my ACL and MCL were both done for and I might have some miniscus damage. Ok, pimp, surgery for sure. Mom flew in to help me out and we went over to Vail to get an MRI and talk with a surgeon. There they confirmed my ACL and MCL were completely shredded along with my LCL, plus two tears in the meniscus one on each side and I tore a tendon right off of my hamstring. Four days later I had complete reconstructive surgery and a really sucky two night hospital stay. I stayed in Vail for two weeks to get my physical therapy rolling then we headed back to Breck, packed up all my things in my Jeep and my Mom drove 18 hours back to Minnesota while I sat sideways drugged up in the back seat.
Now, I'm 10 weeks out of surgery back home, just started to walk a little bit without crutches two days ago. I'm working as hard as I can to get my knee back strong again for skiing. I'll hopefully start to shred again in January or February and I cant wait! Blowing my knee really put a bummer on my season as I couldn't attend any of the TSP park shoots I had planned on our go out to Hood for the West Coast Sesh or summertime at Windells. But, being laid up for these past two months has already given me a new appreciation for skiing and even walking. You really never know how fortunate and blessed you are until you get it all taken away. I cannot wait for my knee to get stronger and to start skiing. In the meantime I've been working on my seggy for the new TSP movie coming out next fall and I'm pretty stoked on the the shots I did get out of this season. If I had advice for all my fellow skiers It'd be to be thankful for what you have, every day is a blessing and maybe turn your DINs down by one notch. :p