Fall of extreme athletes, nasty ghosts

Kevin Roland and Tessa Worley, the flag bearers of the French delegation, at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics on February 4.

Minutes before the tricolor delegation enters Beijing’s National Stadium on February 4th for the opening ceremony of the 24th Super BowlWhen At the Winter Olympics, flagman and freestyle skier Kevin Roland suggests to his peers how to stand out from other countries regarding the parade. The image of the blues forming the “V” for victory is pervasive around the world, and the instigator’s personal story adds to the anecdote.

Kevin Roland finished 6 on Saturday, February 19thWhen Halfpipe Final (snow halftube where skiers have to perform acrobatic tricks). “I made a wise decision to ensure in the first place”, He confessed at the end of the event and explained that he had given up trying complex figures to win the podium. “I’m already causing enough suffering around me …”

It does not matter. The French have already won their first victory just by participating in a ton of snow and ice sports. Two and a half years ago, on April 30, 2019, Savoyard was the victim of a serious fall when he tried to break the world record with the highest jump from a stepping stone over 10 meters in La Plane (Savoie). Three days of coma, pelvic fractures, cerebral bleeding, rib-punctured lungs, pancreatic injuries … Doctors question his ability to return to skiing someday.

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In the title documentary Resilience, Broadcast on Eurosport on January 25, he talks about how he experienced three months of hospitalization, convalescent rehabilitation and rehabilitation. Eight years after he won an Olympic ticket and a bronze medal in Sochi (Russia) at the age of 32, he also came to mind, perhaps to win a new Olympic podium there.

From his accident, Kevin Roland clearly maintained the results: “pain” It’s physical, but above all, I’m a little worried. “In the past, I sometimes took risks that I didn’t really need to do, At a press conference on February 15, he admitted the people involved. They are calculated a little more. I only bring it when I need it. »»

“Personal management” of injuries

The risk of injury is part of many athletes every day, which is even more true when practicing extreme sports. For those who can prematurely break their dreams until they become the nasty ghosts of a sports career.

“Honestly, sometimes I think of myself when I’m at the top of the track.” But I’m going to break my body. If you fall, you will hurt yourself a lot. “, Recognize Perrine Laffont. This little voice, Mogul Skiing 2018 Olympic Champion – Moguls scattered, timed descent on a track with two springboards –, 4When I was able to mitigate it with the help of a mental trainer at the event at the Beijing Games. All he has to do is remember the time spent training and repeat it like a mantra. “It can happen, but technically and physically, I have all the abilities to do things well.» »

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In China, Tess Ledeux won the silver medal at Big Air Ski.When Place in slopestyle. Two extreme areas: The first is to jump off the springboard and play an acrobatic figure. The second is to slide down a slope separated by a slope and a springboard and place a person there. The 20-year-old was also Kevin Roland’s cousin, and of course she was very much affected by his accident. However, no transfer was made. “I never identified what happened to him and it didn’t scare me or add anxiety to me.» »

“Managing emotions and injuries is very personal.”Is a compilation of snowboarder Manon Petite Renoir, a snowboard cross specialist. This winding course consists of banked turns, bumps and jumps. At the age of 23, she already speaks from her experience.

At the end of March 2018, she suffered a major fall at the French Open Championships in Peyragdes, Pyrenees. “My feet went behind the first hit head. It was a drama, but I didn’t notice it right away. I would go see the bones, he would crush me, And told myself that it would be goodClermont-Ferrand says. The next day I couldn’t get out of bed. My mother took me to the emergency room. It was the beginning of hell. »» 4 months with some affected vertebrae, corsets … especially long weeks when Manon Petite Renoir can be paralyzed. Or even worse.

“If you get on the snow, [le stress] It has disappeared “

Still, she was convinced that if her body allowed it, she would eventually return to the board. “It’s my life, I get up in the morning”, Claims a young woman who was able to start snowboarding again seven months after the accident. Four years later, she started a cross-country event at the Beijing Games. She failed in the 16th round on February 9th. “I was a little stressed on the first day I came back, but it disappeared when it snowed.She insists. When we think of injuries, it gets complicated in our sport. Because we aren’t giving 100% anymore, they come there. »»

“We haven’t fallen into the delusion of falls or injuries, but we talk about it often. I still believe in freestyler Antoine Adellis, one of Kevin Roland’s relatives. We know that our body is being tested … we sometimes even laugh a little: “Yes, do you still have pain there?” »» Nantes knows something about it. His hopes of winning the first Olympic title at Big Air Ski on the Neck Steel site were compromised by injuries to the bystanders of the Winters X Games in Aspen, USA in January from the qualifying on February 7. it was done. twenty two. A trip to the hospital and two back fractures that might even have been correct for his participation in the tournament.

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She “revenge” That doesn’t happen at the slopestyle event of the February 14th tournament either. This time, it’s a sprained knee injury that damaged the cruciate ligament. “I learned to build my career with it. Paradoxically, it helped me a lot. It helped me build myself, especially why I chose freestyle skiing. Helped me find out why I continued. “, He asks.

On Saturday, Kevin Rolland knew he was unlikely to finish in a “box,” but the main ones were elsewhere. “It seems normal to play in the finals, but it’s not always the case for me. I didn’t think about it two and a half years ago.”, February 17, repeated stakeholders at the end of the qualification. Two days ago, he mainly remembered the following: “Telling a story is more important than the result. »»