Update: Guarded optimism regarding Jamie Crane-Mauzy’s recovery

Update: Guarded optimism regarding Jamie Crane-Mauzy’s recovery

Update: 4.28.15 @ 2:30 p.m.

Jamie has been transported to Utah and is now out of the ICU; she will begin rehabilitation soon. Jamie is awake and alert. She has been able to stand with the help of her physical therapists. She is able to sit in a chair, with some help. Jamie has been working to restore her voice. Her right arm is slow to move, but is “waking up,” as her sister Jeanee tells us. Jamie is able to write with her left hand on a big pad of paper, approximately 3-4 word sentences. “As of today,” Jeanee explains, “[Jamie] thinks it’s really, really hard and she just wants to be normal.”

To date, Jamie’s RallyMe has raised $8,000, en route to the goal of $20,000. Donations benefit the Crane-Mauzys, who face dramatic medical and rehabilitation expenses following Jamie’s accident. No contribution is too small. Be a good sport: donate now.

Update: 4.16.15 @ 7:00 p.m.

A RallyMe page has been created in Jamie’s name; contributions to the fund will alleviate the cost of Jamie’s medical treatment. Please consider making a donation, here.

On Saturday, April 11, 22-year-old Jamie-Crane Mauzy, of Park City, UT, suffered a traumatic brain injury while competing in the AFP World Championships slopestyle finals at Whistler Blackcomb. The incident occurred on her second competition run, on the first of three jumps in the Nintendo Highest Level Terrain Park—a world-class slopestyle venue. Jamie attempted a double flatspin but under-rotated, taking the brunt of the impact to her head and upper body. She received extensive medical treatment on-hill, and was non-responsive for the entire 25-30 minutes that elapsed before she was loaded into a helicopter, also on-hill. Jamie was then transported to the Vancouver General Hospital for evaluation and continued treatment.

Jeanee Crane-Mauzy (18), Jamie’s sister, was present at the site of the accident and was able to join Jamie in Vancouver hours after the incident. Jamie’s family made immediate arrangements to join the two sisters, and today, Jamie is surrounded by her mother, Grace Mauzy (affectionally known as “Fruit”); her father, Jeff Crane; and sisters Amy Crane (35), Janet Marly-Mauzy (31) and Jilly Crane-Mauzy (14).

After a stint in a medically induced coma, Jamie first opened her eyes on April 14, and responded to a command. In the earliest stages, it was unclear what sort of recovery (if any) Jamie would make, and this occurrence was a tremendous step in a positive direction.


Jamie Crane-Mauzy competes at the Dew Tour in Breckenridge, December 2014

This evening, Jeanee provided us with an additional update via telephone.

At this point, Jamie is off sedation. She is receiving general antibiotics and pain medication. During a neurological exam today, April 15, Jamie was able to open her eyes and “thumbs up” at the request of a doctor. Jamie was also able to bend and straighten her left leg, at the request of her mother.

Jamie has been opening her eyes often, but is unable to focus. She has been moving her limbs frequently, and is showing signs of natural discomfort. She is breathing on her own, and her organs are performing well. As Jeanee described it, Jamie is “still in the process of waking up. She’s not fully aware of her situation nor fully aware of the accident.”

The most encouraging news of all: Jeanee tells us that a doctor told the family today, and we paraphrase, “[Jamie] is going to get through this.”

Doctors expect Jamie will spend another two to three weeks in Vancouver; this time-table is dependent on a multitude of factors. When the time is right, Jamie will be transported via medical aircraft to a rehabilitation center in Utah.

“We still have a long way to go,” says Jeanee. “We have a lot of work to do, but she’s making progress every day.”

A RallyMe fund is currently being established; contributions to the fund will alleviate the cost of Jamie’s medical treatment. We will provide an update on how/where to donate tomorrow, April 16.

Well wishes are currently being shared across social media via the hashtag #MoCrazyStrong.

Jeanee also informed us of an email account: [email protected]. Fourteen-year-old Jilly Crane-Mauzy will compile text, photos and video messages that are sent to this address.

Letters and cards can also be sent via post. Please direct mail items to the following address:

Jamie Crane-Mauzy
U.S. Ski Team
Center of Excellence
1 Victory Lane
Park City, UT

Jeanee wishes to express enormous thanks to Nathalie Grether, manager of the World Ski & Snowboard Festival (ongoing at Whistler Blackcomb; the AFP World Champs are one small part of this 20-year-old festival) and Joel Chevalier, VP of Employee Experience at Whistler Blackcomb. “They both have gone above and beyond for us,” Jeanee explained. “They had a volunteer drive our [ski] coach, Dave Ebulee, and I down to Vancouver right [after the accident] and they stayed the night with us, taking care of us and getting us food. Nathalie and Joel have arranged to [cover the cost] of all of our lodging here in Vancouver, and they’ve picked every one up from the airport, and have come down from Whistler every two days to check in and bring us food and buy us the clothes we need.”

On behalf of the FREESKIER family, I wish you all the best, Jamie. -HL

A “dual-threat” on the competitive freeskiing scene, Jamie is a contender in both slopestyle and halfpipe disciplines. Her standout competition results include a sixth place finish at X Games Aspen in 2013, and a 7th place finish at X Games Tignes that same year. Jamie also earned the distinction of Junior World slopestyle champion in 2010. Never one to shy down from large features, Jamie is celebrated by her peers as one who performs highly technical tricks with spectacular amplitude. Jamie is, in fact, the first woman to complete a double flip in freeskiing competition (X Games Aspen 2013), and she is also the first female to flip off of a rail feature in competition (The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series, Whistler, 2013).

Jamie writes on her Facebook page, “I love skiing, and my dream is to push my own personal limit on what is possible with my skiing, and if I can help inspire girls everywhere to push their own limits and live out their own dreams, then I will feel extremely lucky and grateful to share what those before me have created for me.” The hashtag #CelebrateSarah is included, as well—a nod to the late, great Sarah Burke, whose legacy continues to inspire skiers across the globe.

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