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alilou
12-22-2010, 07:28 AM
I'd wondered from time to time what ever had happened to Paul Binnebose after his massive head injury some years ago. Well here's the answer. He's skating, coaching, married, has a son. Just amazing. It was such a horrible injury, one of the worst in skating I think, and he's somehow managed not just to survive but to make a good life for himself. Huge kudos!

Link to article and video
Skater Binnebose back on the ice, teaching after brain surgery
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/olympics/2010-12-21-j-paul-binnebose-skater_N.htm


"After about two months worth of rehab and gaining weight, learning how to walk again, I finally stepped back on the ice," Binnebose said. "I was more steady on the ice than I was in my sneakers on the floor."

His competitive career was over. He continued to suffer facial paralysis and other effects of the injury. But he got back into skating, this time as teacher and coach.

Eislauffan
12-22-2010, 10:09 AM
Thanks for the link to that article. It is hard to believe that already more than ten years have passed since this horrible accident. I remember it very well. I'm glad that Paul Binnebose recovered so well and also found happiness in his private life.

cholla
12-22-2010, 10:31 AM
Woaw, time really flies ! I wrote an article about him years ago, it doesn't seem that far back though. And it actually is ! I'm SO happy for him he has managed to make such a nice life for himself and his family !

paskatefan
12-22-2010, 11:58 AM
That's so good to know! ;)

Debbie S
12-22-2010, 01:29 PM
That's great to hear about Paul. Before he moved to L.A., he coached at my rink for a while. He was great to share the ice with and all of his students loved him. I'm so glad he has the opportunity to coach - in addition to his skating expertise, there are many good lessons he can teach his students.

PAskate
12-22-2010, 03:38 PM
That's great to hear. I expect that he is a wonderful coach.

Catherine M
12-22-2010, 03:56 PM
So great to hear that Paul is doing well, both as a coach and as a husband/father!

skatesindreams
12-22-2010, 04:16 PM
It's great to see him.
His students are fortunate to have him as their coach.

caseyedwards
12-22-2010, 05:39 PM
Just saw this is USA Today. What terrible thing to happen and great recovery!

genevieve
12-22-2010, 06:14 PM
Thanks for the link. I'm also just :eek: that this was more than a decade ago.

And :scream: to showing the video :scream:

BittyBug
12-22-2010, 10:05 PM
I love his motivation for being a coach. He seems like a great guy, and it's nice to see that he's been so successful in his life (professional and personal), despite the horrible accident.

I'm surprised to see him skating around without a helmet, though, since I could have sworn that in the first year after his accident he said that he'd never skate without a helmet again and questioned why it wasn't required, as it is in other sports. (Or am I imagining that?)

victoriajh
12-22-2010, 10:10 PM
was that video of the actual crash? yikes I hate looking at those- I still cant watch the T/M one from skate america- so scary
And we always think about the girl being the one who is 'brave' or more likley to get hurt- this is good reminder how dangerous pairs skating is for both partners
Nice to see him doing well and enjoying the ice !

Capella
12-22-2010, 10:40 PM
Does anyone know his wife's maiden name? The article said she was on the ice when his accident happened, but I don't recognize her as any of the Lisas from that era. But then I also didn't know most of the skaters below senior, either.

I'm so thrilled that he's doing so well. I remember him always being the nicest guy, and it's great that his brain injury doesn't seem to have changed his personality.

barbk
12-22-2010, 10:50 PM
I'm so glad for him. That was an awful accident.

manleywoman
12-22-2010, 11:26 PM
was that video of the actual crash? yikes I hate looking at those- I still cant watch the T/M one from skate america- so scary
And we always think about the girl being the one who is 'brave' or more likley to get hurt- this is good reminder how dangerous pairs skating is for both partners
Nice to see him doing well and enjoying the ice !

Yes it's the actual crash. But head injuries are so weird and random . . . T/M's fall was WAY worse that Paul's (IMO) from what the videos show and yet she could walk away in the end. Natasha Richardson fell on snow and dies the same day from a head injury. Go figure.

I had a really nasty fall on my head once, skull on the ice just like Paul's, and i was fine. But the lesson I've learned from that is to always always always go to the hospital to get checked out for internal injuries.