Dale Stetina critically injuredin crash
Last Post 09/03/2013 03:01 AM by 79 pmooney. 6 Replies.
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79pmooney

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09/01/2013 02:15 AM
Dale Stetina, dad of Peter Stetina, was critically injured on Colorado's Lefthand Canyon, near Boulder.

http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/09/news/former-national-champion-dale-stetina-in-critical-condition-after-colorado-accident_301128

He came out to a club race his Olympic year, '76 and chatted with one and all thoughout the race.  Carried himself like a gentleman, a perfect representative for his sponsor.  (7-11?  It was the biggie of the day.)  I always felt he was a class act.

I hope he pulls through this.  Sounds worse but similar to my accident in '77.  He gets to benefit from big advances in head injury trauma but he certainly has more physical damage than I saw.

Ben
Inferno7

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09/01/2013 08:50 AM
I hope everything turns out ok. I hate that descent, in fact I hate all descending on public roads that are not closed.
longslowdistance

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09/01/2013 10:58 AM
Anyone know of what Dale did after his successful cycling career? He seemed less willing or able to blend with the corporate world than his big brother Wayne. At one point I thought he wrote a feisty book arguing against eating meat. His Dad was a classic overbearing sports father/coach back in the day - 2nd was no better than 5th, and would take his kids 2nd place winnings and trade with the 5th to make the point. Yow.
zootracer

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09/01/2013 01:32 PM
It sounds like a nasty crash. Hope he recovers. One of those things that could happen to any of us...
C2K_Rider

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09/01/2013 07:32 PM
"brain stem injuries" does not bode well for him...
Inferno7

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09/02/2013 10:10 PM
You can read an update on Tilfor's site http://stevetilford.com/2013/09/01/dale-stetina-update/wayne-2/
79pmooney

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09/03/2013 03:01 AM
Latest update on VeloNews: http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/09/news/though-showing-improvement-stetina-remains-in-critical-condition_301282

Sounds encouraging. And now, a lot less serious than mine though time will tell. (I spent 5 days in a coma that was not drug induced, was in seizure from a bruise on the base of my spine and did not respond to anything until perhaps the last day in coma, or so they tell me.)

Ben


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