Date of Surgery: 5/12/2017
Update (8/2018): David returned last winter to ski instructing at Telluride full-time.
I am a 65 year old ski bum. I have skied all my life. Grew up skiing in New Hampshire and moved to Colorado during the 70’s. Came to ski, stayed to ski.
I’ve been a ski instructor for the past 33 years in Telluride. Some look at the position as a job, I see it as sharing my passion for the sport. I love what I do. I also competed for 10 years on the World Pro Speed Skiing Tour throughout Europe and Scandinavia from 1983 – 1993. My top speed was 120 mph. My skiing has been my life, which was about to come to an end if it hadn’t been for the foundation support, help and guidance.
Treatment Procedure and Recovery Plan
I went for shoulder surgery on May 12, 2017 at The Steadman Clinic. Their facilities and staff were so helpful and caring. The day after surgery, I started therapy at Howard Head Sports Medicine. For 2 weeks, I learned how to do all my rehab and continued with these exercises when I got home to make a full recovery. Everything is going well now and I am still working on my rehab for my shoulder.
"At first, I wasn't sure where to turn to for help. I didn't have insurance to cover my injury and my career as a ski instructor and skier was about to end. Then I found the Kees Brenninkmeyer Foundation. It makes me feel good to know there are people out there that can help. I couldn't have done this without them, I can't thank them enough."
- David Berry