Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Ski champion Pletcher injured in fall

In Colorado

University of Colorado junior Nordic skier Reid Pletcher, 22, of Hailey was injured Thursday in a fall while technical climbing in Boulder Canyon outside of Denver, according to

The newspaper, quoting a Boulder County Sheriff's Office media release, said Pletcher fell about 30 feet when two anchors gave away from the rock face. He suffered head, wrist and hand injuries and was life-flighted by helicopter to St. Anthony Central Hospital.

Pletcher, son of Del and Johnna Pletcher, is a former captain of the Sun Valley Ski Education Junior Nordic ski team. The team's head coach, Rick Kapala, said Pletcher never lost consciousness in the fall, had no brain swelling or spinal damage, and was awake and alert at the hospital.


One of the two climbers with Pletcher was Ketchum's Mali Noyes, a former SVSEF teammate. His parents were with him at the Colorado hospital.

In March, Pletcher was part of the University of Colorado ski team that captured the national title at the 58th annual NCAA Skiing Championships at Stowe, Vt. He won the 20-kilometer classic individual race to help the Buffs to their 18th national championship.

By doing so, the 5-foot-7 junior became just the third skier in CU history to win the classical NCAA championship.

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