Years ago, 16-year-old Bryce Binstadt, now a pediatric rheumatologist at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, was waterskiing with friends on Potato Lake in Minnesota, where his family frequently vacationed. Dr. Binstadt had been an avid water-skier since he was 8 years old and had become very skilled at the sport—even skiing backward. This day, the unexpected happened.
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As he was leaning over to glide into a turn, something he had done hundreds of times in the past, he suddenly felt the right side of his body bounce off the surface of the water. Once, twice, three times. After a few seconds, he realized the ski rope he was still holding that connected him to the boat had snapped, forcing his body to skip across the lake like a stone instead of pulling him back into an upright position.
Other than a few bruises, he escaped serious injury. Still, that intimidating experience was not enough for him to abandon the sport he loved. Every summer, you can find Dr. Binstadt on different lakes in Minnesota and Michigan, participating in a sport he calls “exhilarating.”