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Stranger #16 - Marco, Doctor | by It's life Jim....
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Stranger #16 - Marco, Doctor

I really didn't want to meet Marco…. Having to meet a Doctor in a hospital on a ski trip is usually bad news.


Thankfully, he was a really nice chap and also confirmed that my ankle wasn't really broken….. Despite feeling like it when I wiped out on my snowboard the day before.


Turns out that this had been a light week for ski injuries…. the extreme cold temperatures have reduced the volume of people on the slopes.


Been to this hospital several times before… although my first time as a patient. The list of injuries for our party has been as follows:

1 Broken arm

2 sprained ankles

1 broken collarbone

1 puncture from skipole tip

1 knee sliced open to bone from ski edge

1 damaged knee tendon

1 cut head


Sounds alot doesn't it….. but we are typically a group of 20-28 people, half adults, half kids and we have come here every year for 12 years. Statistically thats about 1 hospital visit per 40 ski trips per person.


Given that I have been skiing / boarding for 30 years with at least 1 and often 2 ski trips per year I guess I was due a personal visit to the hospital.


This picture is #16 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at


It's been months since my last stranger picture - I guess I have got out of the habit


Jim Shields Photography


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Taken on February 16, 2012