***The entries have closed. Thanks to every one who entered and congratulations to Mayhem (Comment #38), Fondi (Comment #25) and MN (comment #5) the winners of our random drawing. For the rest of you, there are still two more helmets to giveaway. We’ve picked out some our favorite gnarly/harrowing/hilarious/frightening stories for you to vote on. Voting will last for one week and the comment with the most votes will win. In case we blew it though (and we may have as there were lots of worthy tales!), there is also a write in option so you can pick your favorite comment and vote (by number please!) The comment with the most write in votes will also win!
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Dramatic Reenactment performed by RJ Sweet. No interns were harmed in the making of this video.
Every snowboarder should have at least one war story. That one moment of pain and then ultimate glory when you survive and have an amazing injury story to tell at the bar. My worst snowboard injury ever wasn’t a torn ACL or a broken wrist. No, I didn’t get knocked out or even break any skin. But it was probably more painful than any of those, and more importantly, gave new meaning to the old saying, “You’ll put your eye out.”
My story begins a little bit before arriving the Keystone parking lot for some night riding. I had stopped to purchase a small tube of superglue for some MacGyver-esque repairs on my snowboard. I casually tossed it in the backseat of my car and piled my snowboard gear on top, thinking nothing of it.
As I put my goggles on over my head that day, the tube of glue, which had apparently managed to affix itself to my goggles, caught on the brim of my beanie. In one swift motion, I heard the cap “pop” and in an instant, a healthy squirt of superglue shot directly into my left eye. There was an immediate burning sensation as I instinctively put my hand to my eye. Reality set in within seconds. “Oh my god, I’ve super glued my fucking eye shut!”
Dramatic photo reenactment.
Not only were my eyelids glued shut, but also my eyeball was glued to the back of my eyelids. It was some of the worst pain and most desperate panic I have ever experienced. All alone, I yanked by now-glued hand from my face and started running into the Keystone village. I found a guest information center, and charged through the front door, pushing women and small children out of my way. “On no, did you puncture your eye skiing, Sir?” asked the woman at the desk. “NO!” I said, “I SUPER GLUED MY EYE SHUT!”
She made a few phone calls while I stood there, imagining what party tricks I could do with my new glass eye. I was escorted to Ski Patrol, where obviously, no one had any idea what to do. They ended up putting me in a room and handing me some eye drops and Vicodin. The drugs were good, but the eye drops were of little use, considering my eye was glued shut.
Super glue. Useful, but also dangerous
Finally, a doctor arrived. “Well, I’ve got some good news,” he said. “You’re not going to lose your eye. Unfortunately, there is absolutely nothing I can do for you.”
I would have to see a specialist, the next day. By this time, I’d managed to get my eye unstuck from the inside of my eyelid, so I spent the next 12 or so hours feeling as if my eye was being sliced by a thousand tiny pieces of glass with every glance. Finally in the examining room, the eye doctor took a tiny scalpel, and began to slowly slice in between my eyelids. I felt a rush of fluid and puss escaping my eye socket as he finally pried my eyelids apart. He tweezered off the remaining glue and my vision slowly returned.
My eyesight may not be 20-20 anymore, but at least I have an awesome story to break the ice on any first date. In my case, a helmet might not have made a difference, but they can help prevent traumatic injury. So in honor of this harrowing tale, we’re giving away five RED Avid helmets. To win, just write your own worst injury story in the comments below.
To enter: Leave a comment with your best injury story before 9 am on Wednesday, Jan 26th. Please use your REAL EMAIL address so we can contact you when you win.
Entries are open to anyone with a good injury story to tell.
3 helmets go to comments chosen at random. Awarded as soon as entries close. Jan 26, 2011 1 Helmet goes to the best comment selected by YoBeat and voted on by YoBeat readers. Awarded February 2, 2011 1 Additional Helmet goes to the comment with the most “write-in” votes. Awarded February 2, 2011