Romar to skip January Classics
After suffering a crash in the downhill training in Lake Louise, Finnish skier Andreas Romar returned to Europe for further evaluations and skipped the Beaver Creek races. Now the Finnish Ski Association announced that due to the heel injury Romar would be forced to stay off skis for an additional three weeks, making him miss the January races in Wengen and Kitzbuehel. He aims to return to racing in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Even though there has been no new injury for Romar, the heel injury which was first diagnosed as a bone bruise proved to be a fracture according to the newest evaluations.
“An internal bone fracture is difficult to see because it does not always present itself the same way in the MRI. Most likely, in the first images the fracture was not seen as the impact caused some swelling of the bone. As the swelling decreased, the fracture lines stood out better,” orthopedic surgeon Eero Hyvärinen told reporters.
The rehabilitation and training will not change with this new information and Romar will be able to go back to training once the situation returns to normal and there is no longer pain.
“The treatment is the same in both cases. Nothing would have changed in the rehabilitation process should the fracture been immediately diagnosed after the incident. The only thing which changed is the knowledge that the healing process for this type of injury takes about six weeks,” Hyvärinen added.
Knowing what the situation was in some way a relief for Romar, but getting injured during an Olympic year is hard for any athlete.
“Now at least we know exactly what is broken. This situation was not improving and the heel has been sore for a long time. Eight months of work were put into this season and my expectations and goals are high, so of course the situation is bothering me. Speed racers in the World Cup must be able to be 110 % efficient so for now it’s best to get this foot back in shape and focus on the races where I’ll be able to compete again,” Romar said.
We wish Andreas all the best in his recovery and hope to see him back in racing mode soon!