Riders step up support for Salt Lake’s injured Tim Ostler.
On December 29, 2000, after an evening photo shoot in the Park City halfpipe, Tim Ostler was tossed off-balance while pulling a large frontside air on his last run. Landing feet and headfirst simultaneously in the flatbottom, he sustained a C6 burst fracture (a broken neck) and is presently confined to a wheelchair. The “incomplete” injury (meaning recovery is a possibility), immediately paralyzed him from the chest down. After 82 days in the hospital, Timmy is home and on a slow track back.
To help raise funds for his continued rehab costs, next season’s autographed boards from überheroes JP Walker, Jeremy Jones, Mikey LeBlanc, Bjorn Leines, Jason Murphy, Jamie Lynn, Travis Parker, Andrew Crawford, Marc Frank Montoya, Danny Kass, Barrett Christy, and Joey McGuire will be offered up for an online auction.
From August 31 til September 9, 2001, brand-new pro models from Forum, M3, Sims, Lib Tech, Gnu, K2, and Rossignol will be signed, sold, and shipped to the highest bidder through eBay.com, with additional information and links on transworldsnowboarding.com/auction. Any amount beyond what’s required will be donated, most likely to the University of Utah Spine Rehabilitation Center.
Timmy’s riding has previously appeared in Kingpin Productions’ Bulletproof, The Kingpin Chronicles, The Warriors, and FG Productions’ Brotherhood. Sponsors of his skills are Lib Tech, Quiksilver, Vans, Tech 9, MiloSport, Smith, and Da Kine.
Those wishing to give directly can do so by sending a check or money order to the Tim Ostler Donation Account, c/o Zion’s Bank, 2315 East 7000 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84121.
It’s always tragic when accidents happen and even more so when it’ssomeone as genuinely nice as Mervin pro rider Timmy Ostler. Riding thePark City halfpipe on Friday, December 29, Ostler fell and broke the C-6vertebrae in his neck.
“It wasn’t a really unusual fall, but he wentover the nose and landed wrong,” says Chris Owen, Mervin team manager. “He had surgery and is making a lot of progress. The doctors are expecting a full recovery.”
As of now, Ostler remains in the rehabilitation unit of theUniversity of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City. Timmy also ridesfor Quiksilver, Vans, Da Kine, and Smith. All of us at TransWorld Mediawish him a speedy and full recovery.