Silvia Mittermueller to miss World Cup opener
Germany's best slopestyle and big air rider of the past years, Silvia Mittermueller, will miss the up-coming season's first competitions due to a knee injury sustained during a training camp in Saas-Fee, Switzerland two weeks ago.
The winner of the 2015-16 slopestyle World Cup finals staged in Spinderluv Mlyn, Czech Republic last March went to big on a kicker and hurt her right meniscus during the hard landing.
Although Germany's hopeful for PyeongChang 2018 underwent successful surgery just a few days later, the 33-year-old from Munich will be sidelined from action for six to seven weeks.
“On one hand, I'm happy that it wasn't worse as the ACL was injured, too, but not that bad. On the other hand, a meniscus surgery means to be bound to crutches and therefore six weeks of just watching your muscles disappear”, said the snowboarder.
Snowboard Germany's managing director Stefan Knirsch was also disappointed and optimistic alike: “It's extremely bitter, especially as we had the same situation in the lead-up to Sochi. But Silvia has some bouncebackability.
Nevertheless, it's now time to take it easy to finally come back on two feet and participate in the remaining Olympic qualifier period.”
In order to do so it might be helpful that Mittermueller has some experience with this kind of injury: “I was going through the same thing back in 2009 when I also had undergone a meniscus surgery. I know the procedure.”
Which means: no stress to the leg for the next couple of weeks although the veteran rider of the German freestyle snowboard team doesn't want to spend her time idly:
“I practice a lot lying down working on my upper body and the core stability. But I'm really looking forward to getting the stitches removed because this would allow me to go swimming again. That would be a huge step forward.”
And another step in the direction of a comeback: “I hope that I will be back on the World Cup tour next January.”