Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Triumph and Tragedy at the Gila

Leah Goldstein of ValueAct Capital won the Tour of the Gila, a brutal stage race down in New Mexico, last week. You might remember that I mentioned her when I was covering Redlands because she has come back from a horrific crash at the Cascade Classic back in 2005. Additionally, Fresno State prof, Felicia Gomez, also ended up on the podium -- woo-hoo!

Unfortunately, though, there was a major tragedy in the men's race. A 33-year-old rider from a Mexican team, Fausto Esparza Munoz, went down in a bad crash on the last day, and at this point, is paralyzed from the waist down. Doctors are not optimistic about his regaining feeling. His teammate won the overall, but I'm sure that is little consolation.

There's an article on about Munoz' condition, and it includes information about a fund that's been set up for his medical care. If you're so inclined, please give it consideration. Such a tragedy.

While Leah was not paralyzed after her crash in '05, she definitely surprised everyone with her full recovery, so please join me in sending positive vibes and prayers that Munoz will, too.

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