Park City athlete injured in Australia
September 11, 2015
Team Park City United athlete Sam Jackenthal is in critical condition at Canberra General Hospital after sustaining a serious injury while freeskiing at Perisher Resort in Australia.
The 16-year-old was at Perisher for a camp and was freeskiing between camp sessions. Team Park City United Executive Director Ryan Walsh said that the team is staying positive about Jackenthal’s condition.
"I don’t know Sam’s condition, so I’m not willing to offer details on that, but we know he is being treated for a severe head injury," he said. "We are hoping for the best possible outcome. We remain optimistic."
Jackenthal’s father, Ron; mother, Jennifer; and sister, Skylar, are currently in Australia with him.
According to a post from Jennifer Jackenthal, shared on Team Park City United’s Facebook page, Sam’s "sedating medicine has been turned off and should clear out of his body in three days although he is still getting morphine which is also a sedative. We are waiting to see what his reaction will be early next week and don’t expect any changes over the weekend."
A candlelight vigil was held for Jackenthal at Willow Creek Park on Thursday night with 200-300 people in attendance. Team Park City United will host an event on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. at the main base area of Park City Mountain Resort, by Legacy Lodge.
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Walsh said Team Park City United will continue to update its Facebook page with news on Jackenthal’s condition as news becomes available.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with Jackenthal’s medical bills and his family’s travel costs. Visit http://www.gofundme.com/samjackenthal to donate.