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The Painful Return of Adrian Bertel

The Painful Return of Adrian Bertel


Curvy Carinthian rider Adrian Bertel is on his way back after a serious injury: After rupturing his cruciate ligament in December last year, the 26-year-old made his first snowboarding course during the Austrian Ski Association’s training course in Chile. .

It was a huge shock to young Carinthian slalom specialist Adrian Bertel when he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on December 11 last year in the World Cup giant slalom race in Val d’Isere and also injured his meniscus. By the way, this was already the second rupture of the cruciate ligament of the young Carinthian from Ebene Reichenau. As a result, Bertel also missed the Winter Olympics in Beijing.

In Chile for the first time on snow

The way back is of course painful for the 26-year-old, and it’s boring and involves hard development work. The vice world champion in slalom has completed the summer training well and now in Chile with the technical forces from ÖSV for the first time on the snow again: “It was tough for me to be back in the snow, I can be part of the team again, we got really good Here in Chile, conditions are great, especially for me at the beginning.”

The goal is the Alpine World Championships in France

This is 37 weeks after injury. Pertl now wants to slowly get better from day to day – to get back to his usual level. It’s about finding your way back into the action with ease, at first in sliding form, the goal being to make the turns choppy and at the end of the course to pull off some really sporty turns. “Because the big target of this season is the world championship in the Alps in France.

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