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Ulf Haase Takes a Fall
A note from Kathie:
Ulf gave me permission to post his injury
photos and his story on my Web site, but I
could not do that without also publishing
a "before" photo of this Swedish Adonis.
I just happened to have a lovely photo of
him in my files, leftover from my trip to
Mallorca last April with 40 Swedes. But that's another
Daniel's Wild Week in Mallorca).
From Ulf Haase:
I was skating alone in Stockholm, and was planning to go 70 km since that is the distance of
Solskenet, the largest inline skating competition
we have in Sweden.
After about 15 km, the bicycle path I was skating crossed a road,
and after that the path took a sharp turn to the right. My speed was
too high to take the turn, and
my left skate slipped across the grass and into a ditch. I fell, and
unluckily for me, I encountered a manhole cover which my face swept
After I fell, I just sat there alone, trying to figure out
where all the blood in my mouth and face was coming from. But I
was lucky, because it was just a nosebleed. The front of my helmet helped to keep my nose and teeth away from the asphalt.
It is only because of that extra centimeter on my
helmet that I still have them.
I also got a large bruise UNDER my kneepad, so I am glad that I always wear them.
The most stupid thing I did was to continue skating the rest of
the 70 km after my nose stopped bleeding. Later
I realized that I could have had a brain concussion!
Ulf Haase, Stockholm, Sweden
If you want to know how things went for me six weeks later at
the "Solskenet 2001" competition that I was training for, you can
connect to my home page at
select the link "Inlinepictures".
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