In yesterday’s post I talked about a run off the Glas Maol in Glenshee, and said “[I] was absolutely screaming along doing huge wide GS turns, so fast that I remember thinking, ‘If I fall over at this speed I’ll probably kill myself!’ (this was in the days before helmets)”
As most skiers, I’ve had a few wipeouts at speed, so I have total admiration for racers like Lindsey Vonn or Chemmy Alcott who have both recovered from horrific ski injuries to race again – Chemmy has been selected for the British squad for the Sochi Winter Olympics, but unfortunately Lindsey has had another injury and won’t be recovered in time to compete for America.
What stands out from both of their stories is the absolute dedication they had to recovery, and to doing it properly – they waited till their bodies were ready before clipping the skis back on. But until then, the work ethic was prodigious – see Lindsey Vonn’s infographic for evidence!
There’s a lesson there for all of us.