Now Entering Russ's World
October 13, 2013 was a dreadful day for Andy Wirth. Aday meant for skydiving turned tragic when it became windy. After he opened his chute, he was disoriented and lost his bearing of where he supposed to land. This saw him land in a vineyard that almost saw him loose his right arm. He was losing a lot of blood and fast but to keep him calm, he sung ‘Just Breathe’ by Pearl Jam. After 15 minutes, he was found, put in an ambulance and taken to a helicopter.
In Olympic Valley, CA,Wirth is an ironman, not Tony Stark. Having competed in the Ironman 70.3 Lake Tahoe. He had asked Andrew Messick, the CEO of IRONMAN, to have the race in town. When he sent his video of himself riding a bike, after that near fatal accident, Messick responded telling him now that he got his race, he had to participate in it.
He went on to form a relay team. The swimmer, a friend from the Navy Seal team, a team he met in Squaw Valley during their winter combat training. The cyclist, one of his cycling friends from college and he would be the runner. Running is his forte where he not only wanted to participate but compete as well.
He’s participation was not only a recovery process for him but had a cause attached to it. The cause was to help raise money for The Navy Seal Foundation, a foundation that provides immediate and ongoing assistance to the Naval Special Warfare Community and their families. This year, they are at it again and are looking to raise $30,000. They’ve accomplished 45% and hoping to raise the rest before 20 September 2015. Their team name, Special Warfare Warrior and their purpose is to create support for this cause. You can help them achieve this goal before then by donating here.
Andy is the President and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. A company, through Andy’s tireless efforts, that is leading Squaw Valley to become one of the top ski tourist attractions in the world. The Ski resort is the second largest ski area in Lake Tahoe and hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics. In the summer of 2010, Andy joined Squaw Valley after having spent 24 years in Steamboat.
This year, Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority welcomed Andy as its new Chairperson along with three new board members. Wirth said that having new people in the board would bring in new ideas that could help the airport rise to new levels. He added that the additions were those of very experienced and talented people who would enhance travel to and from the region.
Andy keeps soaring to new heights.