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Ski ace Neumayer – Back on snow after 238 long days

First contact with snow since mid-December: Christopher Neumayer put on his skis again on Thursday on the Saas Fee glacier. After his cruciate ligament rupture again, an emotional return to the “white gold”, which, however, turned out to be quite black.

Until last week it was not at all clear whether the glacier ski area in Saas Fee (Sz) could stay open. Greetings from climate change. But after the first contact with snow, Christopher Neumayer stated: “The glacier looks pretty black, but it’s not that bad.” Thursday was the first time on skis for the man from Radstadt after 238 days. When he felt a stitch in his left knee on December 16th while training for the descent from Gröden and knew – something was broken again.On new material for the first timeAs in December 2020 in Bormio, Neumayer had torn his cruciate ligament. Another operation followed, this time in Munich. After months of rehab, he said yesterday: “It feels good. We were on the slopes at 6 a.m.,” enthused the 30-year-old, who was using new equipment for the first time (change from Salomon to Fischer). Now he’s training with his European Cup squad for ten days in Switzerland. On September 10th he’s going to Chile. “From September 10th we’ll be going to Chile.” in South America. The European Cup team also takes on the costly trip because there are de facto no speed training opportunities in Europe at this time. This is not a matter of course for Neumayer. He was thrown out of all squads after his injury misery, but has fellow coach status. If he doesn’t “deliver” in winter, he has to pay a deductible of 10,000 euros back to the ÖSV.
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