The newly appointed chairman of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board, Andy Wirth, certainly has a list of impressive accomplishments. He currently serves as the CEO and President of Squaw Valley Ski, has appeared on CBS’s Undercover Boss, and even competes in the Ironman triathlon. However, despite these successes, Wirth credits a major setback to teaching him one of the most valuable lessons of his life.
Andy Wirth was nearly killed in a skydiving accident on October 13th, 2013. With harsh winds rendering him unable to find his drop zone, Wirth was forced to land in a vineyard full of steel beams and sharp objects. The impact nearly severed his right arm.
To prevent himself from bleeding to death, Andy Wirth had to painfully shove his left hand into the injured area until medical personnel could reach him. After 15 excruciating minutes, a flight-for-life helicopter arrived and transported him to the UC Davis trauma center. Fortunately, Wirth was able to regain the use of his arm after 21 surgeries and 50 days in the hospital. Learn more about Andy Wirth: https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfSquawValley/posts/10152191670133708 and https://www.crowdrise.com/wwsupport
While recovering, Andy encountered a group of Navy Seals who provided him comfort and support. After seeing the parallels between his life and the lives of wounded veterans, Wirth was inspired to start a team in the Ironman Triathlon called the Special Welfare Warrior.
This group’s aim is to raise funds for the Navy Seal foundation – a program that provides special welfare assistance to the Naval Special Welfare community and its families.
Wirth’s company, Squaw Valley Ski Holdings LLC., oversees a recreation resort located in Lake Tahoe, California. The area is most famous for hosting the 1960 Winter Olympic games.
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