Andreas Romar ruled out for the rest of the season
Finnish ski racer Andreas Romar has not recovered as expected and chose to undergo a full check-up following his first two days back on the snow earlier this week. The renewed MRI examination showed that his heel injury has not been healing as had been hoped.
Romar was initially diagnosed with a bone bruise yet following new examinations after the swelling had subsided the injury was confirmed to be a fracture. Romar had a control check-up last weekend and was cleared to try skiing in Central Europe. The first day back on the snow went well and he was able to ski several runs on the second day as well.
"I could ski normally despite some pain in my foot. I knew I can ski with this level of pain yet we had to consider where the limit would be. The German works with a clinic in Munich so we decided to ask for a second opinion from them. Their decision was shocking: 12 weeks of full rest," says Romar.
The 12-week recovery time implies missing out on the entire season, including the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games where Romar had been selected among the first Finnish athletes, as well as the remaining World Cup races.
"At this time in my career it does not make sense to make stupid decisions. Sometimes you have to think about things other than victories or performances. Luckily ski racing is a sport where you can win important competitions every season. Kitzbühel, Wengen and other Classics will also take place in the coming seasons and 2015 will additionally see the World Ski Championships in Vail-Beaver Creek," adds Romar.
"I will have to accept some penalty despite the official FIS injury status but do expect to retain my starting position more or less the same for next season. Now I just need to focus on healing and then begin proper rehab. I can do some light training during the next 12 weeks, only I may not put any load on the foot. That might irritate the bone which might prolong the recovery time so it will be crutches for now," he concludes.