Maria Pietilä-Holmner misses rest of season

18 January 2012 13:56

Maria Pietilä Holmner injure her knee yesterday Tuesday in giant slalom training in Hinterriet, Austria. She was driven to hospital in Innsbruck where she underwent examination and MRI where it became clear that the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee was torn.

"This season is over for me but I immediately felt that I will be back, stronger than ever, " said Maria Pietilä Holmner.

She is flying back home to Sweden on Wednesday for further examination by the national team's doctor Per Liljeholm in Umeå. That's when the decision will be made when an operation can take place.

"It is very sad and surely disappointing. I had a great start to the season and after the New Year's after a half of the competitions I felt like a re-start to the season. But now I just need to accept the situation. I need to try and see it positively and fight on. I already know that this is the best way of life there is and I want to come back," she continues.

The accident happened in the third run of a giant slalom training in Hinterriet as she was a bit late in a curve and tried to return to the line after the gate as her ski cut in and she crashed.

"We had great conditions and the only thing I experienced was that I was a bit behind and late and then it cracked in the knee. I cannot even remember the crash because I was so focused on my knee and immediately realized it was over. As soon as I got up I could not put weight on my knee."

The team's physio therapist Anna Staffansson was soon on site and helped Maria on the hill and as she was driven to Innsbruck.

"The X-rays showed that except for the ACL nothing else should be broken. This is the first ACL injury for me and many in the World Cup have experienced it and come back. Look at Jessica Lindell Vikarby for example - she has come back twice and is stronger than ever today. Knowing that makes me feel extra motivated, says Maria PH who wants to send thanks to her team too.

"I have truly received great care and everything around me has worked really well in this situation. It feels good."