Since a serious crash in 2018 Manuel Osborne-Paradis is out of action. Despite setbacks, he remains confident.
Last weekend, Manuel Osborne-Paradis watched the men's speed start in Lake Louise as a spectator. The Canadians have bad memories of the track in Banff National Park. In the previous year he was heavily crashed there in training.
"It was bad," Osborne-Paradis looks back at the horror accident. "I noticed immediately that my leg was broken. Because everyone was so worried, I also knew that there were other things that really did not look good. "
I wanted to learn to reload the leg. Then suddenly 9 screws are broken.
Osborne-Paradis received the devastating diagnosis at the hospital. Multiple fractures of the tibia and fibula, the World Cup season was thus early to an end. Neumal he had to undergo surgery, a total of 14 screws were used.
The subsequent rehab was anything but ideal. "I wanted to learn to reload the leg. Then suddenly 9 screws are broken. That was the worst pain. Worse than the pain after the fall. "Osborne-Paradis spent another 2 months in bed, today speaks of the" hardest setback. "
These are the best riders in the world and I have to get back to this level.
The 35-year-old never lost his courage. He does not think about his resignation, rather he works intensively on his comeback. "My goal is to be back in Lake Louise next year." An earlier return is unrealistic. "If I'm not already at 80 or 90 percent, how should I compete in the World Cup? These are the best riders in the world and I have to get back to this level. "
In 6 to 8 weeks Osborne-Paradis wants to be back on the snow. Although it is still a long way, he is very confident. "If I have a great summer, then it's certainly not impossible to compete here with the others next year."
Broadcast reference: SRF two, sportlive, 01.12.19, 20:00 o'clock