Last season’s most successful alpine skier in Finland, Rosa Pohjolainen, who underwent knee surgery in May, confirms that she will not be seen on the competition slopes even in the spring.
Rosa Pohjolainen the knee cruciate ligament broke in April in Levi and it was operated on at the beginning of May. It was already known then that there would be at least a ten-month competition break ahead.
– I’m taking a break and I’m betting that I’ll get a lot of dips and repetitions under. I will only start competing in the 2023–2024 season, the well-to-do accountant confirms to Urheilu.
Mentally, the long competition break ahead is an extremely challenging period for the 19-year-old alpine promise.
– You don’t always want to be able to handle it. Motivation sometimes goes up and down. However, if you keep your goals in mind, you can manage to go to the gym in the morning.
Pohjolainen says that he will not be with the national team in the starting season, but will build his own program and completely go along with it.
– I plan to move Basecamp from Austria to Levi, where I will train throughout the season.
– There have been no setbacks in rehabilitation. Progress has been made according to the plan. The sad thing about this is that you have to start all over again from scratch. Maybe it makes you feel better when you know that it’s possible to get up from there, reflects Pohjolainen.
Pohjolainen collected 25 mc points, other Finns five
The Finnish alpine skiers’ last season was quiet until the Beijing Olympics. Pohjolainen collected 25 World Cup points as the best Finn. Riikka Honkanen remained at three and Samu Torsti to two points.
– My intention is to go to the snow in November and at first just get a feel for it.
Pohjolainen’s injury came on Levi in the middle of a normal turn. He had already hurt his knee a month earlier at the European Youth Winter Olympic Festival in Vuokatti. Magnetic resonance images were then taken of the knee, which showed no need for surgery.
– Getting injured was a lot of bad luck. However, you should know how to plan the program a little better in the future. Last year there was a lot of traveling, and often the race was held the very next day. It’s quite a burden, says Pohjolainen.
Before his injury, Pohjolainen won the slalom gold at the Youth Olympic Festival in Vuokatti.
Pohjolainen started last season well on Levi’s familiar slope, but then a long and weaker streak of results followed. In January, he achieved the best World Cup ranking of his career when he took 14th place in the World Cup slalom in Schladming.
– After Levi, there were difficult races and I already started thinking about what will become of this. The Schladming race was important for my confidence. It showed that the calculation is still possible when a good day comes along.
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