timberland outlet store uk how Casey Andringa became an unlikely Olympian
Andringa was 2 years old when Jonny Moseley won the 1998 Olympic moguls with his 360 degree mute grab and 6 when Moseley performed the Dinner Roll in Salt Lake City and hosted Saturday Night Live.
“I watched him at the Olympics and told my parents, ‘I want to do that!'” Andringa said.
He has competed at the senior level for nearly seven years but never placed in the top five at a national championships. That winding path of injury and illness has something to do with that (more below). Ski Snowboard named the 2017 18 national team in three tiers: The A team had two male moguls skiers. The B team had two more male moguls skiers. The last tier had seven men.
Andringa didn’t make any of them, essentially putting him behind 11 men vying for four Olympic berths to be handed out in January.
He considered quitting. His dad said he would regret it for the rest of his life. So Andringa rededicated himself while spending the summer living on tuna sandwiches in a ’90s pop up camper parked in the woods, wifi less, with younger brother Jesse, also a moguls skier. Their dad bought it on Craigslist for $2,000. They called it the Viking.
Andringa had one more shot to prove his worth to Olympic team selectors at two lower level events in Winter Park, Colo., one week before Christmas. Andringa knew that if he performed well, he would be given his first start on the sport’s highest level the annual World Cup tour in Deer Valley, Utah, three weeks later.
Not only did Andringa win, he dominated a field that included a few skiers on the 11 man national team. Andringa was given a start in Deer Valley and also in Calgary four days before that.
He finished seventh and fifth against the world’s best mogulists. He was second best of five Americans in Calgary and second best of 10 Americans in Deer Valley.
Andringa was named to the Olympic team two weeks later. coach Matt Gnoza, who told Andringa in a phone call that he made the team.
“Wow,” Andringa replied to Gnoza on that call.
“He had to pull the car over so he wouldn’t crash because he started crying,” Andringa said. “Then I started crying, and it was just a whole mess.”
When Andringa was 14, he fractured his skull in a longboarding accident in his neighborhood.
“I don’t think he ever went into a coma, but he was basically in a coma, and they didn’t know if he was going to walk again,” brother Jesse said.
When he was 18, he tore his left meniscus skiing. He tore his right one two years later. Both times, he was on the verge of making the national team.
In between, Andringa spent about eight nights combined in a hospital and clinic in Switzerland as flummoxed German speaking doctors tried to treat him for a life threatening head illness.
It all started at a training camp at the base of the Matterhorn in late September 2014. Andringa was with six or seven other skiers from his Vail club preparing for the season.
Early in the trip, teammate Hunter Bailey noticed something.
“His face was f like a balloon,” Bailey said. “We were having everyone come to our room to make fun of him.”
Andringa thought it was just a really bad headache.
“I got sinus infections a lot growing up,” he said.
But the left side of his face started to droop, and his left eye was closing shut.
He was rushed to a doctor’s office. The rest of the skiers didn’t see him again for a week.
“These random things we were hearing like they might have to drill a hole in his skull,” Bailey said. “He has meningitis. His mom was coming over. It was f grim.”
Andringa arrived at the doctor’s office just before it closed. The doctor called an ambulance. Andringa was rushed 30 minutes north to a hospital.
“They did a bunch of CT scans and realized there was a little air bubble on the brain side of the skull,” Andringa said, which brought his seven inch skull fracture from that longboarding accident four years earlier into the picture. If there was an infection, could it easily spread to his brain?
Andringa’s headaches persisted. So bad that he slept maybe two hours the next two or three nights. They wouldn’t give him anything other aspirin in fear that it would mask the symptoms too much to know if he was getting worse.