Season over for Matthias Mayer
Unfortunately, Matthias Mayer’s injuries following his crash during the Downhill in Val Gardena / Gröden, are more serious than originally expected. Further examinations in Innsbruck revealed a fracture of the 6th and 7th thoracic vertebra. Mayer underwent surgery on 19th December to bolt together the 5th to 8th vertebras.
This surgery means the season is over for Austria’s Matthias Mayer.
"According to the circumstances, Matthias is fine. He will stay at the hospital for at least 10 days before being released for home care” said Dr. Michael Gabl who performed the surgery.
The Olympic Champion was affected by the surgery, but looks ahead with confidence: “It could have been worse. It will grow back together.”
Matthias Mayer already suffered severe contusions on both tibias before the World Cup Opening in Sölden but came back to competition and earned a podium placement in Lake Louise (2nd of the Super-G). The FIS Family wished him a quick and full recovery.
(courtesy of österreichischer skiverband)