Orlando Wakeboarder Dallas Friday Still Hospitalized

Dallas Friday in the water [photo: dallasfriday.com]It was only seven years ago that thirteen year old Dallas Friday took her first wakeboarding lesson. Since then she has become – in the words of ESPN – “The most winningest female wakeboarder in history.”

A week ago, the now-twenty year-old Orlando sports star was severely injured in a competition accident in Singapore. During the 2006 Wakeboard World Cup, she was attempting a “whirlybird” – a back flip as you hold on to the rope and rotate 360 degrees – when she fractured her leg in several places. During surgery, she developed what doctors are calling “acute respiratory distress syndrome” and is now breathing with the aid of a tube.

In high-impact sports like this, you always risk injury, but it seems her life is now being threatened by something which may or may not be unrelated to her sport. And wasn’t it Singapore that had the respiratory infection epidemic three years ago (SARS)?

My prayers go out to Dallas and her family and I hope she recovers fully.

1 Comment so far

  1. Nil (unregistered) on October 8th, 2006 @ 11:14 pm

    Fluid in her lungs supposed to be caused by inhaling water which in fact, is “something [related] to [the] sport.” Fractures were in her femur, not throughout her leg as implied by your statement “when she fractured her leg in several places.”


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