Abrupt season end for Hannes Reichelt - Updated

27 January 2014 20:15
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Only two days after his magnificent victory on the Streif in Kitzbühel, the Austrian Ski Association shared bad news regarding Hannes Reichelt. The latest Hahnenkamm downhill winner underwent an MRI examination on Monday in Innsbruck where a heavy disc herniation was diagnosed. The condition required immediate surgery and the Austrian is out for the rest of the season.

"Luckily I decided to have this MRI today, otherwise the consequences could have been awful. The pictures speak for themselves and unfortunately surgery is inevitable. Health took priority as I would like to be active during and after my career. Unfortunately, this also just busted my Olympic dream," Reichelt said after hearing his diagnosis.

Austrian Ski Federation’s Sport Director Hans Pum said: "Hannes is in the form of his life and of course this is difficult situation, but health comes first. We wish him all the best and a speedy recovery so that he comes back soon."

An update on Reichelt’s health is expected in the upcoming days.

We wish Hannes all the best in his recovery and hope to see him back on the Tour soon.

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Tuesday morning an update was made available regarding Hannes Reichelt’s condition. According to the treating physician, the surgery took place without complications.

"The procedure took about 45 minutes. It was about a thumb-sized cartilage fragment, which had broken away from the disc and was freely resting in the nerve canal. The patient is in relatively good condition and the paralysis in the leg has improved considerably. Today, the drain will be removed and the patient might get up for the first time," Dr. Michael Gabl from Innsbruck’s Spine Center Sanatorium Kettenbrücke said.