Member Login

Logging In
Invalid username or password.
Incorrect Login. Please try again.

not a member? sign-up now!

Signing up could earn you gear and it helps to keep offensive content off of our site.


Pain and Glory: Greg Gripp

Pain and Glory: Greg Gripp

By Jackson Hogen
posted: 06/28/2004

La Clusaz, France, 1986
It's a myth that in high-speed falls, a speedskier's suit can melt to his skin. In most cases, the suit's fine. It's the skin that melts. Ask Greg Gripp, who was attempting to break the world speedskiing record when he took a spill that should've killed him. The track was fast, and the world speed record looked vulnerable when Gripp hopped into the fall line and dropped into his tuck. He was probably doing a little more than 125 mph, just above the speed trap, when a depression in the course ripped a ski from his foot. He slammed to the snow, then tumbled, unconscious, through the speed trap. Because Gripp was unable to protect himself during the long skid that followed, the friction burns were gruesome: second- and third-degree over large parts of his body. It could have been worse, but a new suit technology lessened the damage. "I got the suit back, and there were big patches of burnt skin inside it," Gripp recalls. "But the suit was fine."

reviews of Pain and Glory: Greg Gripp
The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • No HTML tags allowed

More information about formatting options

Type the characters you see in this picture. (verify using audio)
Type the characters you see in the picture above; if you can't read them, submit the form and a new image will be generated. Not case sensitive.
All submitted comments are subject to the license terms set forth in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use