In June Switzerland’s Salome Fuchs tore her left knee’s ACL. Now Ladies-Skijumping.com editor Stefan Diaz talked to her about the recovery process.
Ladies-Skijumping.com: How is the recovery of your knee going?
Salome Fuchs: Well, after the second surgery everything just went very slowly. I had a lot of problems at first, the knee was aching and always swollen. But in the meantime everything is progressing very well. Especially in the last two weeks I achieved some big improvements.
Ladies-Skijumping.com: Is there already a plan, when you can start jumping again?
Salome Fuchs: Not definitely. It is planned for January, but we have to see if that works.
Ladies-Skijumping.com: Are you able to do some training units to stay in a good form, or do you still have to rest completely?
Salome Fuchs: No, I restarted my training already some time ago. I was unable to do much at first, but now I am gaining form and exercise every day.
Ladies-Skijumping.com: So do you think that you will be able to attack fully in January or do you have to catch up first?
Salome Fuchs: For sure I lost a lot of jumping power, but I think I should be able to do some jumps. But I know that I will only jump when I’m 100% fit physically. To be honest, it is more the mental side that needs to catch up a little.
Ladies-Skijumping.com: So self-confidence is the first thing you need to regain when you are able to jump again?
Salome Fuchs: Yes, I think I will work with a sports psychologist if it is necessary by that time.
Ladies-Skijumping.com: In addition to your to your torn ACL you also injured your meniscus some weeks ago. How far did that throw you back in addition?
Salome Fuchs: It’s hard to say. But I think maybe one month.
Ladies-Skijumping.com:The World Championships will be relatively late in the season. Are you optimistic that you can be in a competitive form by then?
Salome Fuchs: Haha. Well, it was my goal over the years not just to take part in the Championships but do two reasonable jumps there. But now that all has changed. I will be happy, if I am at least able to compete in some Continental Cups. But if I travel to the World Championships then it will be a proof that Salome Fuchs has hit into form again. But in fact I’ll also be content if I’ll only be able to watch this spectacle just on TV.
Ladies-Skijumping.com: Thanks you and I wish you good luck!