Serious injury from Streif winner Thomas Dreßen: "That's very, very bitter, of course"

In January he had celebrated his greatest triumph with the victory on the Streif, now he suffered his worst injury: Thomas Dreßen has torn the cruciate ligament. When he will return is still unclear.

Thomas Dreßen lay helpless in the fence and screamed in pain, it was quickly clear: The 25-year-old German ski racer had seriously injured at the World Cup in Beaver Creek. The diagnosis is devastating: Dreßen has torn the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments in his right knee, plus a dislocated shoulder.

"We are a little sad, sad with Thomas, but we are not depressed," said head coach Mathias Berthold on Friday evening after the actually unspectacular fall, the "a small concentration error" triggered. Teammate Andreas Sander said before the diagnosis: "That's very, very bitter, of course."

Thirty's skis were jammed in difficult ground conditions and a speed of more than 100 kilometers per hour, he had crashed and crashed into the safety net unchecked. After several minutes of treatment, Dreßen was able to get up, supported by caretakers, but he was taken to the valley by two paramedics with the rescue sledge. The audience cheered encouragingly.

Currently, Dreßen is still in the hospital in Vail, but he should soon return home, then the further course of action is defined. It is clear that the way back will be long. Dreßen will miss the rest of the season including the World Championships in Are / Sweden (5 to 17 February). When he can stand on skis again, can not judge reputable.

Worst injury to the career

Almost exactly a year ago, slalom star Felix Neureuther ripped off during training in Copper Mountain, just over an hour's drive from Beaver Creek, also known as the cruciate ligament. Stefan Luitz suffered the same injury in December 2017 - he is now fit again. Neureuther is currently struggling with the consequences of a broken thumb, which he suffered during training in Finland in mid-November.

For Dreßen it is the worst injury of his career so far, so far he was mostly spared. A head injury after a collision in 2007 and bone bruises in both knee joints in 2013 leads the DSV on his homepage as the only injury to date.

Dreßen had celebrated the biggest success of his career in January. Quite unexpectedly triumphed on the legendary "Streif", the Hahnenkamm race. It was the first German victory on this track since 1979 (then Sepp Ferstl won). Before the start of the World Cup winter, he announced that he had "no desire to have Kitzbühel become such a unique history book entry".

"Thomas is a super-guy, he shows a lot of greatness right now," Berthold said after the injury of Dreißen: "His mental strength will help him get over this injury."