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Vail Health
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On-snow
training is
only one
component
of an
athlete's
strength and
conditioning
program, as
evidenced
by athlete
Heidi Livran,
running
zigzags with
Jake Wuth.
JUSTIN MCCARTY
Bouncing back
after a fall
What it takes to get Vail’s future ski and snowboard stars
back on their feet and stronger than ever
INSIDER
BEHIND THE SCENES
atching
the
olympics in
February – ski-
ers flying around gates or
down a moguls course at
high speeds, snowboard-
ers spinning off jumps and
out of the halfpipe – you
couldn’t help but wonder
how they do it and how they
get to that level. You marvel
at how they don’t get hurt.
The truth is that like any
professional sport, especially
with the inherently high risk
of skiing and snowboarding,
becoming a star sometimes
does involve getting hurt.
Luckily for our future ski
and snowboard stars, this
valley offers a finely oiled
machine comprised of
health care professionals,
trainers and therapists that
keeps athletes performing at
the top level and bouncing
back strong from setbacks.
The valley’s next wave
of Olympians begins with
Ski and Snowboard Club
Vail (SSCV) – the club
that produced America’s
most recognized skier
Lindsey Vonn. As a testa-
ment to SSCV’s ongoing
star power, of the 12 SSCV
athletes at the Sochi Games,
three came home with
medals – golds for SSCV
alumni alpiner Mikaela
Shiffrin and snowboarder
Kaitlyn Farrington and
silver for Japanese snow-
boarder Ayumu Hirano.
The Vail club works with
a team of local medical
professionals and therapists
who are not only ready to
spring the moment there is
any sort of injury or setback,
but also provides special-
ized training for all of the
BY
SHAUNA FARNELL
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