Mom recalls the ‘absolute fear’ of watching daughter, 5, dangle from a ski lift

first_imgABCNews.com(BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif.) — The parents of the young girl who was seen in harrowing video earlier this week dangling from a ski lift described the “absolute fear” they felt as they watched their daughter suspend from the lift.In video captured by a fellow skier, Sara, 5, can be seen dangling from a ski lift in Big Bear Lake, California, as her ski instructor holds onto her by her hood. Below them, a crowd scrambles to set up a tarp to catch her.Sara’s parents, Arman and Sidney, who ABC News agreed to only identify by their first names, say they were also on the slopes that day, and Sidney was riding only a few chairs ahead of her daughter in the lift when the incident occurred.Sidney recalls that she “kept hearing commotion and yelling and screaming.”“I turned around and I was scanning the crowd and I saw Sara dangling from the chair,” she said. “I started screaming, ‘That’s my daughter, that’s my daughter.’”The mother added that in that moment she felt “absolute fear.”“There she is dangling from a chair and it’s so high up and it’s … it was horrible,” she added.Sara survived the incident sustaining only bruising, but her parents say that a first responder said their daughter became unconscious at one point, and they argue that the resort has not been forthcoming with the facts of the incident.Sidney says she feels they “deserve to know what happened, and right now they haven’t told us.”Big Bear Mountain Resort told ABC News in a statement that it is addressing all of the family’s requests for information surrounding the incident. The resort also lauded the quick-thinking actions of the ski instructor and said it takes “safety seriously.”“With respect to the facts, the lift came to a complete stop within 15 seconds of leaving the terminal. The ski instructor riding the lift with Sara did a remarkable job – [Her father] has referred to her as a ‘hero.’ Guests and ski patrol were on scene immediately, and together facilitated a rescue within approximately two minutes of the beginning of the incident,” the statement reads. “We are truly sorry our response to the family’s concerns, after the incident, fell short. We will continue to communicate with the family and be of service to them. Bear Mountain takes guest safety seriously, and we are thankful Sara was not more seriously injured.”The National Ski Areas Association says that riding a ski lift is safer than riding an elevator. To stay safe while on riding a lift, experts advise to ask an attendant for help, always remove and carry packs, and do not use your cell phone while loading or unloading.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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International Women’s Day: Take look at some Badger women that paved way

first_imgIn honor of International Women’s Day, The Badger Herald Sports Section would like to pay tribute to the many incredible female athletes over the years that have made our university a better place and paved the way for women yet to come.According to a “UW Women’s Sports History,” which University of Wisconsin Athletics published in 2004, the university approved an athletics program for women in 1974 — two years after Title IX made discrimination based on sex illegal in public schools.The Badger women didn’t take long to begin their now customary winning ways. In 1975 the Women’s Rowing Team took home the first ever national title for female athletes at the university.In 1976, Gilda Hudson-Winfield won the Big Ten 100-yard race, becoming the first African American Big Ten Champion, as well as scholarship athlete at the university.Softball: Badgers prepare for USF Tournament, look to improve on early season challengesLast year, the University of Wisconsin women’s softball team ended their season with a record of 35-17 — a winning season Read…In 1981, the Badgers recorded one of the most remarkable games in Wisconsin sports history. The newly formed women’s soccer team found their first varsity win in a match-up against Beloit College. Certainly monumental, but what stood out about this particular milestone? The first win in team history came in an 18-0 smackdown. Still the most goals Badgers scored in history and the largest margin of victory. Not a bad way to get the program off and running.In 2008, the university bid goodbye to a true legend. Jolene Anderson left the university after four years of prolific scoring. After winning Big Ten Player of the Year in her senior season and graduating, Anderson had set the school record for scoring in men’s and women’s basketball.Rower Carie Graves became Wisconsin’s first Olympic Gold Medal winner in 1984. This would be the start of a proud tradition of Wisconsin Women competing on the world’s stage. In this year’s Winter Olympics, former Badgers Meghan Duggan, Hillary Knight, Brianna Decker and Alex Rigsby were members of the Team USA Women’s Ice Hockey Team that won an exciting gold medal match against Canada.Arguably one of the most consistently dominant of any Wisconsin sport, Women’s Ice Hockey has had an incredible run over the last 15 years. It is rarer to find a week in which the team was ranked outside the top five in a poll since they won the NCAA championship in the 2006 season. The Badgers were also National Champions in 2007, 2009 and 2011.Women’s Hockey: Roque, Campbell named WCHA Players of the YearThe No. 1 University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team’s (29-3-2-0, WCHA 20-2-2-0) spectacular season has yielded two end-of-season Western Conference Read…Another dominant sport on campus is Women’s Volleyball. Badgers have had the good fortune to pack into the Field House and be treated to a top 15 nationally ranked program for each of the last five years, though they are still searching for that first National Championship.The university has plenty of history as the home to top-notch female athletes and today that is no different. Ice Hockey Goalie Kristen Campbell is finishing up one of the greatest seasons in Wisconsin History. Volleyball superstar Dana Rettke was just named the AVCA Freshman of the Year, First Team All-American and a member of the All-Big Ten Team in 2017. Track and Field heptathlon and pentathlon senior Georgia Ellenwood is a six-time All-American and the 2017 Big Ten Champion in pentathlon.Thanks to Badger women of past and present, from volleyball to hockey and rowing, for competing at the highest level and inspiring generations of Badgers to come.last_img read more

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Leaf win fourth straight by doubling Rockies 6-3

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsThe Nelson Leafs returned to their old slow-starting ways.Only this time it didn’t cost them any points in the standings.Nine different players hit the score sheet as Nelson doubled the Columbia Valley Rockies 6-3 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Sunday afternoon at the NDCC Arena.The win, coupled with a 5-1 shellacking of the Kamloops Storm Saturday, is the fourth straight for the Green and White and moves the Leafs into a third-place tie with the Spokane Braves. Nelson has won six of seven games.“This feels good . . . we’re pretty confident now so we feel pretty good,” said Leaf forward Colton Schell.Schell, teaming up with newcomer Brennan Foreman, scored the Leafs final goal during a three-goal third period that iced the contest for Nelson. But it was the slow start that had the players talking.“We came out flat at the start thinking that this was going to be an easy game,” explained Schell as the Leafs met last place Rockies with only five wins on the season. “For some reason our first periods have been bad all year. Maybe it’s a lack of preparation but we need to focus better.”Patrick Martens, on the power play, and Stephen Hynes of the Rockies scored in the first period. Nelson took control of the game in the second, outscoring the Rockies 2-1 in the second on goals by Gavin Currie and Evan J Moir, scoring his first of the season.Foreman, Currie and Schell completed the scoring for Columbia Valley in the third.Marcus Beesley stopped 20 of 23 shots, including a few of the spectacular variety in the third, to register the win. Nelson out shot Columbia Valley 34-23.Saturday the Leafs knocked off one of the hottest teams in the KIJHL in the Kamloops Storm. “We came out knowing (Kamloops) is one of the top teams in the league and if we want to be one of those teams we had to beat them and we did,” said Schell of the four-goal win over the Storm.Connor McLaughlin, who has been scoring goals wherever he’s playing, netted a pair to lead the Leafs. McLaughlin, given the night off by coach Chris Shaw, helped the Trail Smoke Eaters to victory during a road trip to northern B.C. by scoring twice against Prince George. McLaughlin scored twice in the opening frame, one coming on the power play.
Martens gave Nelson a 3-0 lead before Mike McCance solved Nelson starter Darren Hogg.In the third Connor Enright and Dallon Stoddart scored to put the game away. Tanner Burns and Currie, who now leads Nelson in scoring with 33 points, added a pair of assists.LEAF BANTER: Leaf coach Chris Shaw was without assistants Jason Rushton and Sean Dooley, both in Vernon attending a coaching clinic. . . .Nelson continues to beat up on teams outside the Murdoch Division, improving to 8-2 on the season. However, it’s inside the division that the Leafs are experiencing growing pains as the Green and White are a collective 6-9 against Murdoch opponents, with four of the wins coming against Grand Forks. Nelson has yet to defeat Murdoch front running Castlegar or Beaver Valley this season. . . .Newcomers Brennan Foreman and Joel Stewart have four and two points, respectively, since joining the team Thursday in Grand Forks. . . .Nelson hosts Spokane Friday and Castlegar Saturday as the team moves back to games within the division. Saturday’s game is in the Civic Centre Arena as the Leafs help the city celebrate the arena’s 75th anniversary. [email protected]last_img read more

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