Amelie Kober tears ACL
Snowboard Germany's team preps have got a proper ticking-off with raceboarder Amelie Kober having been diagnosed with a torn ACL last week.
The 27-year-old from Fischbachau stepped on the clasp of a slackline during a training session in Bad Endorf when the clasp tipped to the side and therefore damaged the right knee.
Beginning of this week the two-time Olympian medallist underwent a successful surgery already and will be leaving the hospital tomorrow.
After two to three weeks of resting, Kober will start her rehab programme with the goal of being back to business right in time for the season's opener in Carezza, Italy on December 12.
However, the most successful German snowboarder of the past years knows that the time window is a very small one:
“It will be tight but I need a goal on which I can focus and therefore hope that I will achieve it,” she said while also admitting that she was frustrated after the first diagnosis.
“I was whacked at first, but now, with everything planed for the future and a successful surgery in the books, I'm OK again. It will be a path of trial and tribulation but I'm optimistic.”
In addition, Kober also explained that she was lucky under the circumstances as there is no major event scheduled for the upcoming season.
“This is the only positive thing. Injuries can happen, but being forced to undergo two surgeries within ten weeks is tough.”
The mother of one had broken her left hand in a fall at the 2015 season finals in Winterberg, Germany last March; the fracture had been fixed with several screw right after.