Eriksen OK after crash
December 18, 2007
Stein Eriksen emerged from surgery late Monday night after sustaining a ski accident Sunday at Deer Valley Resort, according to the answering machine message left by his son, Bjorn, on Tuesday at 8:45 a.m.
Eriksen remains in the hospital, says Bjorn. In the message, he explains his father had trouble waking from his anesthesia after a Monday surgery to correct his wrist, broken after a collision with another skier Sunday afternoon. Doctors "decided to keep a close eye on him in one of the more intensive care units," he says.
Coleen Reardon, spokeswoman for Deer Valley, reports ski patrol took Eriksen and the other skier off Lost Boulder run in toboggans at 11 a.m. Eriksen went to LDS Hospital where doctors discovered a broken wrist. Reardon withheld information about the unnamed skier, saying only that he was rushed to a Salt Lake City hospital Sunday, evaluated and later released.
About Eriksen she says, "He’s an awesome guy and he’s going to be great, but there will be a bit of a recovery period."
The mountain mishap happened less than 24 hours after a Saturday night gala for Eriksen’s 80th birthday and the 25th anniversary of his namesake lodge. Looking fit and dressed to the nines, the 1952 Olympic gold and silver medalist, who serves as Deer Valley Resort’s official ambassador, boasted at the party that he took five turns on the slopes hours earlier.
"I am 80, but I feel a lot younger," he informed the crowd Saturday evening.
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Stein has lived in Park City for more than 30 years, beginning as director of skiing for Edgar Stern’s Park City Resort, before helping Stern design Deer Valley and the Stein Eriksen Lodge.