Downhill world champion Aksel Lund Svindal could miss the complete ski season after ripping his Achilles tendon playing football. A freak wound while playing an unrehearsed game of football with his teammates could marginalise Norwegian skiing grand Aksel Lund Svindal for the entire World Cup season. The five time world champion was exercising in Soelden in Austria forward of the opening races at that ski resort next week when he tore his Achilles tendon.
Svindal explained on his official Facebook page what had happened, he wrote that he was out for a little run with the rest of the team. They ended the session while playing around with a ball, by just holding it between them. Abruptly he felt something snap in his leg and he knew right away that something was incorrect in the Achilles. Svindal a two time overall World Cup winner, was hurried to hospital in Innsbruck 100km away and undergo surgery straight away.
He further added that it is awfully bad timing just as the Olympic season is about to start. But now as it has occur there’s not much he can do. No one can say 100% definite how long the healing will take, but he is prepared for the weeks that are coming. Norway team doctor Jacob Strauss gave a depressing decree that he will perhaps not get back on his skis before three or four months. Svindal was due to shield his world downhill label at the championships in Beaver Creek in Colorado next February and the hindrance places that in some distrust.
The 2010 Olympic super G gold medallist is no alien to harm and missed most of the 2007-8 seasons after a heavy hurtle at Beaver Creek on the testing Birds of Prey course. He was the closest contender last season to Austria’s Marcel Hirscher who confirms his third straight overall title. He added that he will live in Austria for a while before he goes back to Norway and confer further rehab with the crew at the Olympic Centre in Oslo. For more latest sports news do visit this space daily.