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Video game’s a lot easier

Daily Staff Writer

A few years ago, I had a one-hour private lesson with a very overweight teenage boy. It was his first time ever on skis and was an isolated attempt at physical exercise.Due to his lack of physical activity, the teenager had very little muscle tone and coordination, so we were not able to make much progress during the lesson.Walking back to the lodge when the session was over, he said to me, “Gee, it was much easier on the video game.”- Glen Coates, Okemo, Vt.Ski lesson goes downhillOne day I was skiing with a young boy in our adaptive program who had a prosthesis below his left knee. The boy was overweight, had never skied before and abhorred just about every form of physical exercise. He didn’t want to ski and was having an absolutely horrible time trying to stay on his feet. He whined constantly and was looking for any excuse to not ski.About midway through the morning, I decided to take him up for his first chairlift ride. On the way up, he started to swing his feet back and forth, loosening his prosthesis from his knee. Without warning, his leg fell off, landing upright on the run, below. Upon impact, the ski, boot and intact leg took off down the hill, heading for the bottom.As we both hung over the sides of the chair, we watched the boy’s prosthetic leg ski off into the distance. The boy looked at me with a huge grin and asked, “Does this mean that I don’t have to ski anymore?”I replied, “That’s right!”Surprised at my answer, he asked, “Really?”I said, “No, I was just pulling your leg.”- Mark Mast, Sun Valley, IdahoVail, Colorado


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