How ‘Just Breathe’ Got Andy Wirth through a Traumatic Accident

Sometimes our hobbies can be so exiting they are almost addictive. This is exactly how Andy Wirth was, after he was introduced to skydiving. This begun when he moved to Squaw Valley in 2010. Here he befriended J.T Holmes who he went skiing with. J.T introduced him to athlete Sean McCormick who helped him get certified for sky diving in Perris, California. On October 13th however things did not go as planned.

In their About.me page, Andy Wirth, JT and some friends had gone to Davis, California to jump on the 12th. The next day the Davis drop zone was shut down due to winds. They then moved up to Lodi and despite the wind they still decided to go ahead and jump (https://www.crunchbase.com/person/andy-wirth#/entity). A series of events led him to land in a vineyard. However a wind pushed him right causing him to collide with a pole which tore off his right arm. After 15 minutes, Amanda, another diver heard his cries and after 30 minutes a helicopter was on the scene.

Through all this he kept humming Pearl Jams “just breathe” to keep him from going into shock.

His recovery

Crowdrise says that after spending 50 days in hospital and 21 surgeries, Andy Wirth’s arm was reattached and mending but the recovery process had just begun. After he went home he developed a friendship with a navy seal team, doing their winter training.

He also contacted Ironman CEO, pushing to get a race in town. Once it was confirmed Andy Wirth, one of the seals’, and a friend from college formed their team. Training for the race has been an important part of his healing.

About Andy Wirth

TahoeTopia confirmed that Andy Wirth is the company president and CEO at Squaw Valley Ski holdings since 2010. The company runs both the Squaw Valley resort and the Alpine Meadow resort. He is also a family man and a former EMT. He and his team, Special warfare warrior, will take part in the 2015 Ironman Lake Tahoe race, in order to raise support for the Navy Seal foundation.