In light of the recent fatalities in Washington state, NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams speaks to Dr. Robb Gaffney and Sherry McConkey about risk in the world of freeskiing and other extreme sports.
We’ve all been effected by the significant losses endured by the skiing community over the years. We all know the risks, but it’s not a stretch to suggest that the toll has been greater than many would have expected only a few years ago.
This piece addresses the rise in number and frequency of skiing fatalities witnessed in recent history. Dr. Gaffney points out that most of his heroes on the slopes growing up are still around to enjoy the mountains, whereas that may not necessarily be true for many skiers of a younger generation.
What has contributed to the increase in the number of deaths among so many talented athletes? Is it a trend that will continue?
By and large, the consensus among many of those close to these tragic events is to continue pursuing their passions, perhaps with even greater commitment than before. It is a way of honoring the spirit of those who have been lost and a way of instilling purpose in the direction and experience of life on and off the mountain.
Nonetheless, this segment raises many questions that should be considered by anyone who is out there pushing the limits.