“The situation surrounding my injury is unclear. I’m sure it will be perfectly fine again, but the question is how long it will take. It’s still too early to say if I’ll be able to ski like before and win races again,” Kilde said during an online press conference from a hospital in Innsbruck, where he is recovering from a serious injury. “But of course I wish to return to what I love,” added the four-time Olympic and World Championship medalist.
Kilde, 31, fell shortly before the finish line of the Wengen downhill on January 13 and crashed into a safety net. He suffered deep cuts in his lower leg and injured his left shoulder. He subsequently underwent two operations in Bern and Innsbruck. “Everything went according to plan. If no further surgery is needed, I will be happy,” said the partner of American star Mikaela Shiffrin, who coincidentally is not currently competing after the fall, but is not seriously injured.
“It was a very difficult period with a lot of pain, incredible pain, and two operations in two places. It takes time and I have time now,” said Kilde, who is undergoing complete rehabilitation in Innsbruck. He is still in great pain and can only move with the help of others in a wheelchair. “For me, the most important thing is to be able to stand on my feet and walk. Perform movements that are needed for normal life. And I will take it day by day,” said the winner of 21 World Cup races.
A few days ago, Kilde took to social media to post drastic shots of his leg, in which he has damaged nerves. “I wanted to show what the injury is. Because people told me, ‘it’s not that serious, we’ll see you again soon’. But you won’t see. Those photos are not for everyone, but thanks to them, people began to respect the injury,” he added.