Talons Challenge 2013 – Siezure Free

// March 5th, 2013 // Skiing

This past Saturday I was able to participate in the Talons Challenge at Beaver Creek with a special friend of mine, John Olson.  I have known John since he was in his early teens, now ten years later John continues to struggle with a severe seizure disorder but that does not seize him from living life to the fullest.  In spite of numerous surgeries, medications, and continual epileptic eruptions John enjoys climbing peaks, swimming, cycling and skiing the most difficult terrain he can get his skis on.  With some funding help from a company called Cyberonics, and an implant placed in John’s chest by the same group, we were able to take on the challenging task of skiing 14 of Beaver Creek’s most challenging runs that add up to over 26,000 vertical feet of black and double black diamond skiing.  This challenges the quads of even the fittest expert skiers and the only rest a skier’s quads get is on the high speed quad chairlift which zips participants back up the mountain at ten meters per second – hardly enough time to clear out the lactic acid.

The day began at 8:30 a.m. with a ride up the opening chair.  By 9:30 we were 1/4 of the way through and by 2:10 with weary legs and a hardy appetite we had completed our goal, and just in time too.  This week John is undergoing extensive testing and will spend five days in the hospital.  My hope is that the strength he needed to pull off the Talons Challenge will help him also get through this challenge.  We are routing for you John, and praying to – Well done!

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