Ski Tester Charlie Gaylord Hospitalized

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Charlie Gaylord

He failed to clear a rock band at the bottom of a gnarly couloir, and sustained head injuries, a lacerated kidney, fractured pelvis, and a collapsed lung. He is currently in stable condition at a hospital in Idaho Falls, Idaho. "This is a long, hard battle for Charlie. His heart rate remains high (even when they bring it down artificially) and he must be getting tired (even though he seems to be sleeping all the time), wrote Charlie's uncle, Peter Gaylord, on the family's Caring Bridge website. "Still, there are many good signs. The editors at Skiing Magazine wish Charlie all the best and hope for a full and speedy recovery.

To voice your support or check on Charlie's condition, go to CaringBridge.com, click on "visit and enter "Charlie Gaylord in the search field.

—Pieter, 3/30/06