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Slippery Slopes
Rick Reilly
January 19, 1998
Blame dump decisions—not skiing—for the deaths of Michael Kennedy and Sonny Bono
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January 19, 1998

Slippery Slopes

Blame dump decisions—not skiing—for the deaths of Michael Kennedy and Sonny Bono

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Hey, people do stupid stuff all the time. A man in Virginia died last July when his bungee cord turned out to be longer than the distance he wanted to jump. Four men in New Zealand were killed over the holidays trying to reenact a television commercial in which four rugby stars make a simulated leap off a 100-foot waterfall to grab a can of apple juice. You don't have to be a politician to come up with a bad idea.

Look, skiing is safe. According to the National Ski Areas Association, about one skier per 1.42 million ski visits ends up in a pine box. Cycling kills 10 times that. Water sports kill 25 times that. Skiing isn't like flossing sharks. Just read the little signs, listen to the guys in the bright-red coats and try to make sure your last run isn't really your last run.

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