Aino-Kaisa Saarinen injured
Finnish Cross-Country Skier Aino Kaisa Saarinen fell in Ramsau on her way to the hotel from the training session and broke a bone in her foot. Details on rehabilitation will be known during the next week.
Saarinen was injured on Friday noon, when she did a short training session before lunch and was already returning to her lodge. Approximately 300 m before the hotel she stumbled. "I don’t know what happened, it was sunny and try, I didn’t slip, I just fell down. At first I was more concerned about my running tights than about my foot. But when I tried to run to hotel I decided to walk, because there was some pain. It looked ok, but after I had had a shower I noticed a cherry tomato size lump and when we put bandage on it was really hurting," Saarinen described.
Saarinen was taken to Schladming hospital, images showed a broken bone and got immediately a cast. Local doctors estimated 6 weeks for the treatment. Saarinen left Ramsau one week earlier than planned to consult the treatment and rehabilitation in Finland. "This is my first fracture but the beginning of the season is still two months away. In 2010 I dislocated my arm six days before the start of the World Cup season and I claimed a bronze medal at the World Championships Oslo. I'm confined and optimistic. I know that first steps are very important. I am sure that I will participate our teams next camp in Val Senales. I am going to brake all healing regords," Saarinen said.