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Ramos given OK to resume skiing

There’s a lot to be said for being on time.

Especially when you’re Travis Ramos, a world-class U.S. Ski Team freestyler and a 2002 Winter Olympics hopeful, and your recovery from a torn ACL is right on schedule.

On Monday, Barton Memorial Hospital orthopedic surgeon Randy Watson gave Ramos the go-ahead to resume skiing, nearly four months after a Sept. 19 surgery. Ramos is not taking any chances, however, and will not resume competitive skiing until his knee is completely healed.

“I’m excited that I have been cleared to ski again,” said Ramos on Monday from his South Shore residence. “I don’t know if I will (ski) right away until I know that my knee is stronger.”

Ramos originally injured his knee, which also included a damaged medial meniscus, while attending a summer ski camp in New Zealand. The subsequent cadaver allograft procedure repaired the torn ligament of offered the potential of a four-month recovery time. Local skier Mike Dill, who planned to compete in the skier cross at the ’99 Winter X games in Crested Butte, Colo., suffered a similar ACL tear during training Friday at Mammoth Mountain. Like Ramos, Dill has approached Watson and elected to pursue a similar cadaver graft operation.

A breakthrough performance on the World Cup freestyle circuit in 1997-98 – including his first podium (third) at a stop in France – had ballooned anticipation for his 1998-99 World Cup season. The ACL put a stop to what might have been an intriguing year for the 19-year old skier.

“Once I had the surgery, I pretty much ‘forsaked’ this whole season,” Ramos said. “I’m in no hurry to get back right away. I want to make sure that I’m healthy and 100 percent.”

With one bum knee, Ramos has had to improvise to make his way back down the slopes. For the past few weeks, Ramos has gone the one-ski route, balancing his weight on a single runner as he makes his way down a run.

“I’m actually getting pretty good at it,” said Ramos of his mono-skiing technique. “I can go on the halfpipe pretty nicely with one ski. I want to keep that to a minimum, though, so that I’m not lopsided when I get back on two skis.”

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