Injury list is getting bigger

14 January 2014 12:09
Nate Hollands shoulder before and after the surgery
Nate Hollands shoulder before and after the surgery -
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The Olympic winter has always been a crucial one. However, the 2014 season seems to be a very painful for a lot of riders, too.

As we had already posted a list of snowboard cross athletes who have been setback due to injury, we unfortunately have to add a few more names who won't recover to compete at the Sochi Olympic Winter Games or whose start is in doubt.

Newly injured riders are:

Michal Novotny (CZE): The Czech team veteran has torn his ACL, damaged both meniscus as well as collateral ligaments. The father of one has already undergone surgery and will be sidelined for about ten months.

Chance to start at the Olympics: none

Beitrag von SBX Heat - Your run to the world of snowboardcross.

 

Paul-Henri De le Rue (FRA): The French rider fell so badly during the Andorra World Cup event at Vallnord-Arcalís that he had been set into induced coma after he didn't respond to any life signals ten hours after his crash.

Two days later his status isn't critical anymore and the 2006 Olympic Bronze medalist is already healing up again.

Chance to start at the Olympics: very likely

Beitrag von Xavier De Le Rue.

 

Michela Moioli (ITA): Also a female rider got injured at last weekend. After Michela Moioli had fallen in her heat she lost conscious in the helicopter flight for a short time and regained it being still in the air.

However, the young gun who won the Olympic SBX test event last season also suffered a shoulder injury and is out for more than two weeks.

Chance to start at the Olympics: very likely

Alessandro Haemmerle (AUT): The luck isn't at the side of the Austrian team this season. After his older brother “Gino” had torn his ACL at the World Cup opener in Montafon and 2009 World Champion Markus Schairer broke his shoulder on the same weekend, “Izzy”, the men's winner of the Sochi SBX test event last year, is forced to take it easy after breaking his metatarsal bones.

Right now, the medical team is not sure if he has to undergo surgery or not.(update Jan 16, Izzy successfully underwent surgery and should be ready to walk again in about ten days)

Chance to start at the Olympics: very likely

Lluis Marin Tarroch (AND): Another shoulder injury, another one hoping to get fit as soon as possible.

The Andorran Olympic hopeful just posted a photo of his shoulder on the web. But as the most snowboard cross athletes with the same problem can compete shortly after surgery, the young gun is still optimistic for the Olympic Winter Games.

Chance to start at the Olympics: very likely

Beitrag von SBX Heat - Your run to the world of snowboardcross.

 

Stian Sivertzen (NOR): The best qualifier of the last two World Cup events also went down in the second competition in Andorra and hit his head badly: diagnose concussion.

Chance to start at the Olympics: 100%

Beitrag von SBX Heat - Your run to the world of snowboardcross.

 

Older injuries:

Markus Schairer (AUT): the Austrian 2009 World Champion and 2013 Silver medalist is on the upgrade after his shoulder injury suffered in Lake Louise but still needs his time.

He can barely move his arm so brushing his teeth is still an issue. However, the powerhouse is still aiming to compete in Sochi. Therefore, he also aims to fly to the X-Games to get a view training runs in.

Chance to start at the Olympics: 100%

Pierre Vaultier (FRA): the French rider went down hard in a crash with Alex Pullin (AUS) in the round of the top-32 at Lake Louise.

While it looked harsh with his head flipping straight over the step-down, the father of one injured his need. With a brutal diagnose during the lead-up to the Olympics: torn ACL.

Chance to start at the Olympics: very unlikely

Nate Holland (USA): Mr. X-Games had snapped his collar bone at the Montafon World Cup opener but was already back on his snowboard a few days later. The US team veteran also brough home a top-4 finish thus being eligible to start in Sochi.

Chance to start at the Olympics: 100%

Beitrag von Nate Holland.

 

Michael Haemmerle (AUT): The first prominent with a early season end. Well, actually “Gino” was out before the season started after he tore his ACL in the course testing for the FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup course testing.

Chance to start at the Olympics: none 

Mateusz Ligocki (POL): The fast rider from Poland hasn't had a chance yet to prove his speed as arthritis, especially in the hip region, had forced him to step back. However, Ligocki is almost back to training hoping to be ready in time for Sochi and the rest of the World Cup season.

Chance to start at the Olympics: likely