At the Free Heel Life Cup finals (a telemark skiing big mountain competition) Soren chose a difficult yet skiable line, featuring a double cliff air near the bottom. Soren’s run was going great until it came to the double cliff. He went off the first cliff a little too fast and a little backseat. He missed the landing, which was the takeoff to the second cliff and bounced on his butt off the rocks and slid down.
Soren suffered a burst fracture at his L1 vertebra and had corrective surgery where they fused his T11 and T12 vertebrae. Soren is currently paralyzed from the waist down.
“I was fortunate to meet Soren at Craig Hospital in February, as he has such an amazing attitude,” said Steve Wallace, Program Services Manager at the High Fives Foundation. “He always has a smile on his face and has the mentality of an athlete. There’s no doubt in my mind that through hard work he will put this setback in the rearview mirror before he knows it.”