To bounce back from a near fatal incident that occurred during an activity you love, you really have to take a long look in the mirror and find yourself.
That is exactly what Squaw Valley Ski CEO Andy Wirth ended up doing. Andy Wirth has been an absolute boon to the Reno-Tahoe area ever since his company took up land and implemented themselves as a world class ski resort for travelers from every country you can think of.
Wirth runs his company the same way that his customers enjoy the slopes: looking for thrills while focusing on the next big jump. It was that next ‘big jump’ that nearly put Anty Wirth into an early grave.
Andy is the kind of guy that doesn’t stay inside on the weekends. He’s an avid cyclist and swimmer as well as a certified skydiver.
Iron Man says that for years Andy Wirth jumped without incident after learning the ropes from a Red Bull athlete by the name of Sean McCormick. However, things went awfully sideways during an October jump back in 2013. Winds were blowing and the pilot flying the divers took a poor route.
The end result was Andy Wirth putting down (read more at http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424127887323846504579073381471958044) into a vineyard, sideswiping a pole, and losing his arm in a bloody and deadly tragedy. Only Wirth’s calmness under pressure and his ability to offset shock would end up saving his life.
Now we’re three years away from the accident and numerous surgeries, as well. In their About.me page said that Andy Wirth has bounced back fully but you’ll see him take it a bit slower when it comes to his weekend activities.
Still, that doesn’t mean the Squaw Valley CEO is allowing himself to grow complacent. Wirth has teamed up with a group of Navy Seals in support of the Special Warfare Warrior Support Team which raises funds for injured Navy Seals as well as their family.
Andy Wirth is partaking in the IRONMAN 70.3 of Lake Tahoe and he’ll do it with all of his trademark gusto. Wirth is still finding his way back around a bicycle and inside of a swimming pool but he hopes to get back to his former place, where he was a competitor at all times.