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On bended knee; 80-year-old Shedd wants mobility

For Robert Shedd, being physically active is not something he is likely to give up without a fight. While most people who are 80 years old are concerned with simply getting around, Shedd wants to make sure he continues to get his fair share of powder days.

“Skiing has been the one sport in my life that I really enjoy,” he said.

Shedd, an 80-year-old ski enthusiasts, will be getting bilateral knee replacements this winter by Dr. Steve Bannar an orthopedic surgeon for Barton Hospital and for the USASA snowboarding team.

Shedd, who worked as a ski patroller for 20 years didn’t even get into the ski business until he was 44-years-old. Patrolling the slopes at Heavenly Ski Resort, Bear Valley and Sierra-at-Tahoe, Shedd is well acquainted with what he will be facing this season.

But ironically, the surgery will be primarily to help him walk. “I can ski now,” he said. “It’s hard to walk. When you’re skiing it’s more of a gliding motion.”

Although Shedd probably won’t be doing any back flips this year, he will be sure to engage in his favorite form of Alpine fun.

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