Mario Scheiber returns home before Speed Opening
Austrian racer Mario Scheiber injured his back in downhill training in Vail (USA) last week. Despite intensive treatment he will not be able to race the Speed Opening in Lake Louise or participate in the Beaver Creek Birds of Prey downhill and super-G races next week. A full diagnosis will only be available after further examination. Scheiber travelled back to Austria from Lake Louise on Wednesday.
"I have major back pain. Exactly there where I already have a disc hernia. Luckily it is not extending further. But I cannot even think of tucking," said Scheiber.
"It is obviously a real shame. Last season I already missed most of the races and now the season begins this way. I have experienced this often enough. I have to now concentrate on getting fit and give my body some time to recover, before preparing for Gröden. That is my next goal," commented Scheiber further.
After consultation with team doctor Helmuth Eggl and the men's head coach Mathias Berthold it was decided that Scheiber returns home immediately:"Unfortunately Mario's situation did not improve and he is flying back today Wednesday. Following further exampinaion there we can define a plan for Gröden,“ said Berthold.
A start in Beaver Creek was out of question according to Berthold: "Unfortunately the injury is too severe to even try to start in Beaver Creek. Mario is not expecting just to be at the start. When he is racing he wants to compete for victory and that is currently not possible.“