Countdown to Audi FIS Ski World Cup season start: Injured stars return to snow
In less than 40 days, the Audi FIS Ski World Cup season 2017/18 will kick off in Soelden (AUT) on 28th and 29th October, a perfect time to take a look at some of the injured Alpine stars and their plans for a comeback.
Last season, had an abrupt end for Lara Gut, the overall winner 2015/16, as she tore her ACL during warm-up for the alpine combined event at her home FIS World Championships in St. Moritz.
Gut returned to snow on 4th September. Currently, she is training in Valle Nevado (CHI) and plans to return to the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup at the North American races in mid-November.
Austrian super star Anna Veith had to battle with difficult seasons after her overall FIS World Cup wins (2014 and 2015). Only a few days before starting the 2015/16 season, the Austrian all-rounder crashed and suffered a torn ACL. She returned to the World Cup in December 2016 with strong results, including third place in super-G in Cortina d’Ampezzo (ITA). However, the chronic inflammation of her patella tendon caused too much pain and she had to undergo surgery again in February 2017.
Last week, she returned to snow and was able to train pain free.
Aksel Lund Svindal
For the second year in a row, Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal had a brilliant start to the World Cup season but then was side-lined for the rest of the winter. Following last year’s torn ACL, the doctors discovered a problem with his meniscus that required surgery. In August, the superstar was able to join his team for on-snow training in Fonna (NOR) and is currently with his Norwegian speed team in Valle Nevado (CHI).
Like Svindal, Ted Ligety had to put an end to his comeback season 2016/17, only one year after he suffered a torn ACL. In January 2017, he suffered nerve pain in his left leg and underwent surgery. Already in March, the multiple World Champion was back on skis for some powder skiing and he resumed gate training in April.
Eva Maria Brem
After a dream season in 2015/16 when she won the FIS World Cup giant slalom title, Brem broke her lower leg (both tibia and fibula) which forced her to sit out the 2016/17 season. In June, Brem was able to return to the snow for the first time.
The Austrian speed skier had a tough 2016/17 season. A severe knee injury including a torn ACL in mid-January prevented her from any training for more than six months. She returned to snow in August and was able to join the ladies’ team for a training camp in La Parva (CHI).
On his way to a comeback from a hip injury suffered in February 2016 at the Olympic test events in Jeongseon (KOR), Italy’s Matteo Marsaglia tore his ACL during training in Chile in September 2016. 315 days later, the Italian speed skier was back on skis and hopes for a more successful 2017/18 season.