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Hold a good thought for a 13yo girl killed snow skiing this weekend

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  1. .264 magnum

    .264 magnum CLM

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    My daughter knew Taylor a bit and had played volleyball against Taylor and her club team just a few days ago.

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    Ski accident victim is remembered for her vitality
    11:14 PM CDT on Tuesday, March 16, 2010

    By KATHERINE LEAL UNMUTH and JOE SIMNACHER / The Dallas Morning News
    kunmuth@dallasnews.com
    jsimnacher@dallasnews.com
    A vibrant, bright and fun-loving Taylor Storch continued to dance, sing and laugh across the Internet on Tuesday through the chronicle she created of her life.

    The Coppell 13-year-old died Monday of injuries from a spring break skiing accident at the Beaver Creek Mountain Resort in Colorado.

    On Tuesday, two Facebook pages created in Taylor's honor attracted more than 2,400 members.

    And the 64 videos she created and posted on her own YouTube channel had been viewed more than 8,700 times, according to statistics on the Web site.

    On Sunday afternoon, Taylor, a beginning skier, was going down the intermediate Latigo trail at the Beaver Creek resort when she fell backward, slipped off the run and hit a tree, the Eagle County coroner said.

    The Ski Patrol responded immediately after being notified at 4:20 p.m. and provided "advanced life support," according to news reports.

    She was taken to Vail Valley Medical Center and then flown to St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, where she was pronounced brain dead early Monday afternoon.

    Taylor had taken lessons during the trip to Colorado but was not taking a lesson at the time of her accident, Eagle County officials said. She was wearing a helmet.

    "Beaver Creek Resort, Beaver Creek Ski Patrol and the Vail Resorts family extend their deepest sympathy and support to the family and friends of the young woman," Vail Resorts said in a prepared statement.

    Her family returned to North Texas on Tuesday. Her father, Todd Storch, was not available to be interviewed.

    Earlier, he told The Denver Post his family was having a wonderful winter vacation before the accident.

    "I've got to tell you that we were having the vacation of our life," Storch said.

    "The kids couldn't have been happier. It was perfect."

    Storch and his wife, Tara, decided to donate their daughter's organs.

    The family, which includes a younger son and daughter, attends St. Ann Catholic Church in Coppell.

    Late in the day Tuesday, classmates and community members released blue and purple balloons – Taylor's favorite colors – near her family's house as the family returned home.

    She was a multitalented student active in volleyball and band who was also taking rigorous pre-Advanced Placement classes. She spoke with her Coppell Middle School East principal often, and once offered to "negotiate" with her over the school's dress code.

    The principal, Laura Springer, said Taylor was an outgoing eighth-grader who knew classmates and adults in the building well.

    "She had a beautiful smile and spirit," Springer said. "She was one of those known kids in the building. She didn't mind speaking her mind and coming to me. She was confident."

    Students are planning on wearing blue in her honor on Monday when they return from spring break.

    Springer said the family was planning to raise money to donate a tree to be planted in Taylor's memory in the school's garden.

    Her vigor and athletic ability are evident in her YouTube videos, where she appears to be constantly in motion – and even airborne in many of the still photos.

    The videos include humorous spoofs with her friends and brother. In one, she dressed up as Sarah Palin to say she approved of Facebook. In another, she taught "Texting 101."

    She documented a trip to Florida.

    She and her friends made music videos of themselves singing along to songs like Beyonce's "Halo" and Taylor Swift's "Love Story."

    Katy Bryan, 13, who played volleyball with Taylor, said many of her peers enjoyed watching the videos.

    "She's really funny and she doesn't gossip and she knows how to put a smile on people's faces," Bryan said. "She had the prettiest eyes and the prettiest hair. She was just so gorgeous on the inside and outside."

    Taylor's uncle, Christopher Shaw, said the organ donation captured the spirit of his niece.

    "If anything, that is Taylor; she is a giving young lady," he said.

    A memorial-page posting said a 39-year-old Arizona woman had received Taylor's heart, and her kidneys had gone to people in Colorado
     
  2. hpracing007

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    :sadangel: They'll be in my thoughts for sure, shame for a good kid like that to pass away so young.
     

  3. Ol Timer

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    God bless her and her family for their generosity.

    Rest in Peace
     
  4. Peace Warrior

    Peace Warrior Am Yisrael Chai CLM

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    Young skiers can wear protective gear if they want right?

    I mean like motocross riders and such like.
     
  5. Chad Landry

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    Thoughts and prayers, my friend.
     
  6. JJohnson

    JJohnson Call me Jeff

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    She was wearing a helmet. Every kid should wear one as should most adults.

    I do.
     
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    I heard this story on the radio earlier. Definitely a sad deal.
     
  8. Peace Warrior

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    Thanks JJ, I was trying to "add the factors"... this just sucks sucks no matter how you look at it.
     
  9. floorburn_21

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    I snowboard a lot and yesterday I took my first hard fall grinding a rail. Hit my back then my head on the metal not wearing a helmet. I am probably going to now after that experience and reading this reminder. Rest in peace, carve on those clouds taylor.
     
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    Friends of ours lost their baby and donated his organs. At the time I didn't understand how they could do that. It almost seemed wrong in some way.

    Took me until we were blessed with our little daughter that it dawned on me just how special my friends were. They were able to see through the fog of that horrific pain and anguish and realize that they had the power to to help save a strangers child.

    Fred and I don't talk about it that often but he did tell me that by donating Hunter's organs it has helped them in their ongoing struggle with his loss.

    My prayers to the family and their beautiful little girl.
     
  11. tantrix

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    Even though I have never skied (no snow way the hell down here) I don't think I would anyway. The idea of flying down a hill with a bunch of trees all around waiting for me to splatter my head on just never seemed like a good idea.

    My condolences to the family.
     
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    My prayers sent for Taylor, her family and friends. :angel:
     
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    Skiing (and snowboarding, I do both) is one of the purest pleasures of my life, and is much safer than driving down the highway.

    I've been skiing 20 years now, and I never wear a helmet but I've been thinking about getting one. I'll do that today.

    Sometimes accidents happen no matter what you try to do to prevent it. My condolences to the girl's family.
     
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    that`s really too bad.
    condolences to the family.
     
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    I started wearing a helmet after the birth of my second son. I figured that I had quite a lot to live for and the cost:benefit ratio was extremely skewed towards wearing one.

    I look like a complete tool while wearing it, but it does a good job keeping my head warm, or cool by adjusting the vents. It has built in headphones, and it has allowed me to be a far more aggressive skier, as long as my 40 year old knees can take the bumps.
     
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    This from the resident professional MMA fighter. :cool: :wavey:
     
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    Hey, I don't have to fight trees. :supergrin:
     
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    May she rest in peace.

    I have skied for 45 of my 47 years on this earth. I am also a patroller. I have never worn a helmet. I think it is an individual choice. However, anyone that frequents a trauma(terrain) park is a fool not to wear one.

    Ski fatalities are rare. Some may be prevented by wearing a helmet, most would not.
     
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    A helmet?! If I'm going to hurl myself down a mountain with trees all around, I'd be dressed in a football uniform. Or better yet, one of those old medieval plate-mail suits of armor. :rofl: