Tough set-back for Schattschneider

11 November 2013 13:27
Clemens Schattschneider competes at the big air in Antwerp 2012
Clemens Schattschneider competes at the big air in Antwerp 2012 -
FIS/Oliver Kraus

Austria's Olympic hopeful with shoulder injury

ÖSV freestyle snowboarder Clemens Schattschneider has suffered a collarbone fracture (left) as well as a bruised pelvic crashing hard in the first heat of the Pleasure Jam slopestyle finals at Dachstein last Friday.

The fifth of the 2013 FIS Snowboard World Championships in Quebec is thus forced to take a break of four weeks.

While some more examinations are planned for the next couple of days, it doesn't seem to be impossible for the 2011 Big Air World Cup winner to start the Copper Mountain World Cup event staged from Dec 19 – 22.

It was a tough crash. My whole body still hurts,” said Schattschneider. “It's my first really bad injury which comes – looking at the up-coming Olympics – with a very bad timing. But I'll take it positive and keep on working on a quick comeback.”

Austria Snowboard Freestyle Team's Head Coach Stefan Cerwenka added: “It looked very bad. But thanks to his good physical condition, Clemens didn't get hurt even worse.”

Meanwhile, Austria Snowboard Freestyle Team has shared a season's preview also featuring Schattschneider and his comrades: