In April 2010, Finnish skier Pekka Hyysalo was a rising star with dreams of winning X Games gold. Having won the Finnish National Slopestyle Championship and boasting double cork 12s both forward and switch, it was a goal entirely tangible.
While on a spring film shoot at Yllaes Ski Resort in Lapland, Finland, Pekka suffered a tramautic brain injury that would not only put his skiing career on hold, it would threaten his ability to speak, to move, to be himself. It is the type of injury we all fear the most.
In the past year and a half, Pekka has made strides in his recovery process. With an original prognosis that was awfully grim, Pekka’s improvement is a testament to his strong will.
Today, a video surfaced of Pekka skiing in Kitzsteinhorn, Austria. Watching the footage, it’s hard not to be completely overtaken by feelings of pride and admiration. On behalf of the Freeskier team, Pekka, we’re tremendously proud of you, and thank you for the inspiration that you’ve provided to us, and to many others. Keep fightin’ the good fight.
Don’t miss this inspirational interview with Pekka, posted on Freeskier.com in April, 2011.
Pekka Hyysalo – Back on Skis