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Top ski racing names to Rock the Research

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BEAVER CREEK — The Steadman Philippon Research Institute will host their annual Rock the Research event Friday in Bachelor Gulch. The event will commemorate the silver anniversary celebration of the institute, as well as recognize the contributions of renowned orthopaedic knee surgeon and U.S. Ski Team physician Dr. J. Richard Steadman. Five world-class skiers and former members of the U.S. Ski Team will be in attendance to help honor the man who surgically repaired and rehabilitated their career-threatening injuries back in the ’70s and ’80s. In addition, alternative-rock singer and songwriter Edwin McCain will headline the fundraising concert scheduled to take place at the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch.

Skiers Cindy Nelson, Phil Mahre, Christin Cooper-Tache, Steve Mahre and Mark Tache will be at the event to credit the doctor they say helped guide them from surgery through rehabilitation. When the institute was still all but a dream to Steadman, these injured athletes (and others) could be found sitting on the living room floor or stretched out on the dining room table of Steadman’s home doing resistance exercises and range-of-motion moves days following their complex surgeries. It was Steadman himself who pushed the current medical standards of that era and worked side-by-side on the floor with these skiers guiding, resisting and pushing them beyond the edge of then current rehab techniques.

“We were not only working out at the Steadman home, we were living there. Dr. Steadman and his wife, Gay, took me into their home and treated me like one of their own children,” said Olympic gold medal winner Phil Mahre. “He would get up early to work with us, make rounds, perform operations, see patients in the clinic, attend meetings and then come back home late that night to work with us again.”

Mahre and his fellow teammates recall that while their competitors were bed bound and immobilized in hard casts following similar injuries, the Steadman patients were moving, walking, running, and sometimes skiing through a protected range of motion as part of their recovery.

“We were really his guinea pigs in the best sense of the word,” said Cooper-Tache, a skier who had a career that included five World Cup wins, six national titles, three World Championship medals and an Olympic silver medal.

These cases and thousands of others have been tirelessly documented in the institute’s unparalleled orthopedic research database, credited for being one of the largest in the world. Since those early days, Steadman and his colleagues have trained hundreds of physicians, shared the results of their research with thousands and impacted the lives of active people around the globe.

This year’s Rock the Research will support the vision. Proceeds from the fundraising concert will fund new areas of focused research into treatments for the institute. Concert organizers are anticipating another sellout crowd for this summer with McCain’s debut appearance. McCain is a well-known alternative rocker. His band, the Edwin McCain Band, has released numerous albums with multiple top hits. Long-time touring friends with Hootie and the Blowfish, McCain will headline the event following several successful appearances by Darius Rucker, lead singer of Hootie.

Registration begins at 4:30 p.m., the concert is at 6, and dinner and presentations begin at 7:15.

For more information on tickets, call Lynda Sampson at 970-479-1563 or visit You can follow The Steadman Philippon Research Institute on Facebook at

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