A call to ski manufacturers: Save the knees. A couple of years ago, while I was writing a profile of Bill Esrey, the genial, athletic CEO of the Sprint communications company, I heard that he'd suffered a severe knee injury at Vail.
Your body probably doesn't have any pig parts-unless you ate bacon for breakfast. But at least five skiers at Aspen Valley Hospital have been implanted with swine intestines to repair torn knee ligaments.
Former Olympic ski champion Bill Johnson remained in a coma nearly three weeks after a near-fatal racing crash, with a stabilized condition doctors allowed him to be flown to Portland, OR, for the next stage on his rehabilitation and recovery.
Three-time Olympian Caroline Lalive (Steamboat Springs, CO), who was used to independence and mobility during a decade on the U.S. Ski Team, is starting to lengthen the "leash" she's been on since shattering a kneecap and suffering other injuries in a World Cup training crash.