Austrian snowboarder Markus Schairer is one week removed from a scary, upside-down crash at the 2018 Winter Olympics. He’s one week removed from breaking his neck. He’s one week removed from not being able to walk.
He’s one week removed from this:
my dream did not come true. i don not bring home gold, silver or bronce. instead i'm wearing my own personal medall now. honestly, i had more than one guardian-angle. i broke my neck (5th cervial spine) at one of the worst crashes in my entire live. luckily there are no neurological deficits, so i will be able to walk soon. when such things happen, you really start knowing whats important! thanks for the massive support from my family, friends, the @olympic_team_austria and all the wishes from all around the world!! big applause for my opponents but friends on the podium @pierrevaultier @jarrydhughes @reginoherma3 #badass #olympics #pyongchang2018 #crash #pain #comminghome #snowboardcross #sbx
A post shared by Markus Schairer (@markusschairer) on Feb 16, 2018 at 3:25am PST
And yet before the Winter Games have even concluded, he’s already talking about a comeback.
Not to the 2018 Olympics, of course. Schairer underwent surgery back in Austria on Monday after fracturing the fifth vertebra in his neck. He’ll apparently need around three months to recover. But that leaves plenty of time for the 30-year-old to get back into the sport once he’s healthy again.
On Friday, he said he was “glad and thankful that everything went well” with the surgery. He also couldn’t resist considering a comeback. His logic? “It’s the easiest way to get healthy again,” he said of a return to snowboarding.
Schairer did clarify, though, that it’s “way too early to take that decision now.”
On Friday, he also shared an X-ray of his neck, with a “new jewel” in it:
update: it was a very hard one, but the docs did a perfect job at a long surgery. everything went well. my neck has got a new jewel now – pretty much like the terminator i know that hard times are comming, but i'm ready. thank's for all the good vibes!! #badass #blackhumor #recovery #olympics #pyengchang2018 #dowhatyoucant #beastmode #health #titan #pain #sbx #crash #longroad #bullneck
A post shared by Markus Schairer (@markusschairer) on Feb 22, 2018 at 11:35pm PST
“I know that hard times are coming,” Schairer wrote. “But I’m ready.”
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