Fly Girl Heals Broken Wing
West Fairlee's Tara Geraghty-Moats
“Hopefully by defying the rule of gravity I can inspire others to do things that they perceive as impossible too.” - Tara Geraghty-Moats, on why she loves ski jumping.
In 2016, a broken ski binding caused a summer training accident in Lake Placid, NY, grounding Ski Jumping National Champion and Team USA member Tara Geraghty-Moats with an elbow fracture. Back home in the Upper Valley, she trusted Cioffredi & Associates Physical Therapist Kate Leiser to help her get back into competition for a 2018 Olympic bid. Arms are critical for balance in ski jumping, and pain of any kind can cause an elite athlete like Tara to lose focus. In a sport where everything depends on a ten-second performance, focus is key.
Tara has just returned from serving as a Team USA alternate at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, and is back in rehab to strengthen her arm and continue training for World Cup events.
IN TARA’S WORDS…
"I was originally referred to Cioffredi & Associates in 2010 by my doctor, and at that time my doctor didn’t think ski jumping again was a possibility for me. Through a lot of hard work, paired with time, Kate helped me return first to biathlon and then to ski jumping. The relationship with a therapist is an extremely important factor for me. This fall I didn’t have time to waste getting to know someone and building trust with a new PT, regardless of how good they might be. I trusted that Kate would set reasonable limits and help me get back to action as soon as safely possible. I had an international career and a chance at the Olympic Team riding on my results this winter, so a speedy and quality recovery was essential. It’s such an honor to represent my country. I’ve had so much support from people; I hope I can make them proud, and enjoy the ride."