Alpine skiing: Schmidhofer breaks off the season

On December 18, 2020, Schmidhofer suffered multiple ligament and serious vascular injuries in his left knee on the descent in Val d’Isere and had to undergo several surgeries. The return process went according to plan for the time being, she returned to the snow in October 2021 and competed in a total of five Speed ​​World Cup races in Lake Louise and St. Moritz in December. 15th place in the Super-G at Lake Louise looked promising.

“I’m not in the same condition as in November and December, the last two and a half months have been very exhausting,” admitted Schmidhofer. When the speed races returned last weekend in Zauchensee, however, it became clear that Schmidhofer would not be able to regain his old form for the time being. First she gave up the downhill, then finally the Super-G and thus already indicated that she had written off her Olympic ticket.

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At the Super-G in Zauchensee, Schmidhofer was only used as a precursor

Schmidhofer does not want a “bonus” for Beijing

For Schmidhofer, the Beijing issue is now finally over. “I probably miss that in terms of success in my career, but I can live with it quite well.” She “does not want to take advantage of her “bonus”. There are many at the start who are fighting. That annoyed me as a boy when older, successful people got the starting place even though they weren’t faster.”

“I was sure that the whole season would work out,” explained Schmidhofer. Due to the many missed training sessions in the summer, the need to catch up with the competition was ultimately too great. Added to this was the mental strain. “Always have to listen, how is my knee doing, how is my body doing. That sucks. That was the right decision,” said the Styrian.

“Let your body rest”

The situation is what it is. “I gave everything for 13 months, I have nothing to blame myself for. I don’t see it as a step backwards,” emphasized Schmidhofer. “I’m not going to do anything for two weeks now to let my body rest.” After that, she wants to start with the fitness training, but also have her knee examined carefully. “So that we can see where the muscular problems come from. Whether it’s just an overload or something else.”

Schmidhofer was quite optimistic that “I can start the new season with a good starting number and a good starting position”. A usable starting number is essential, but thanks to her injured status it is not at risk. “My trainers have calculated that I will be in the top 20 in super-G and in the top 30 in downhill.”