Published January 28, 2011

  It was 1947 in Sun Valley, and there was a man skiing with a big wedge under his right heel that was almost an inch and a half high.

  He also had a long spring from six inches above the top of his boot to a point midway to the back of his ski. He skied using a very different style with the same knee behind the other no matter which way he turned. I found out he had lost his leg in World War II. He was the first amputee I’d ever seen making turns on skis.

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