Frisco resident carves with an artificial knee
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Summit County, CO Colorado
FRISCO ” Frisco resident Jay Brossman, 79, is a bit of a medical miracle: He has skied more than 350 days on an artificial knee he received in May 2007.
“I don’t have any pain,” he said, flexing his knee after a morning excursion to Copper Mountain.
In the past couple decades, Brossman developed type-2 diabetes and had a quintuple bypass. But he said the consistent outdoor exercise is good medicine.
“That’s why I go every day,” he said.
He and his wife, Sally, 74, ski at a local resort nearly every day ” weekends included. Sally said the two have skied Jackson Hole and Lake Tahoe, and as far as Europe and New Zealand.
Lately, however, they stick to Summit County.
Jay pointed out that traveling always takes at least a day in either direction.
“That’s two days out of your life you don’t get back,” he said.
He said he’s been out more than 115 days this season. He hit 240 last season, with Sally trailing only a few days behind.
Jay identifies himself as a member of both Summit County Seniors and the Over-the-Hill Gang (now called 50 Plus Ski with Us). He said the decision for the replacement of his left knee came after five years of pain.
“It wore out,” he said.
Sally said part of the prompt recovery could be attributed to rehabilitation.
“You have to do the physical therapy,” she said. “That’s the secret, I think.”
Since the Summit Daily first reported a year ago on Jay and his passion for skiing hundreds of days per year, he and Sally have been recognized by Humana ” a health-benefit company ” in its 2009 calendar.
The calendar’s December photo features the couple on the slopes of Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. Jay is quoted, saying: “Being at more than 10,000 feet on the slopes is the best medicine yet.”
Athletic seniors from across the country are featured in the calendar, including another Coloradoan from Steamboat Springs. Jay said he and Sally were selected after he submitted an essay describing his active lifestyle and health issues.
“There’s not another couple in America our age that’s skied near so many days,” he said.
Sally said the two ride an average of two to three hours per day, depending on the weather. If it’s cold and stormy, they go to A-Basin and stay near the base area.
During off-season, they keep in shape by walking and hiking.
Jay’s kept some healthy habits in his yearly conquest of the slopes: He’s never smoked, seldom drinks and avoids sweets ” in part because of diabetes.
“I don’t indulge,” he said.
He didn’t even start skiing until he was 50; Sally started at 48.
“I was a motorcycle nut,” Jay said, adding that there was an instant connection the first time he tried skiing. “I fell in love with it and have been skiing ever since.”
And the former builder from Pennsylvania says he doesn’t intend to retire from his winter routine any time soon.
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