are you still Taking the painkillers?
Not more often. I almost came without any of the preparation through the last Winter. There is a small setback, it may be that I have to take on the race set-up something. But that is not more than the prevention of thought, so that the head is studied to much on the pain around. The head is free, if I can't feel a thing.
pain medication for you prior to a race to the topic?
If everything runs normal. But if the slope is icy, it fails, it will be strict when I need to train for three days, then it may be that it develops in a negative direction.
four years Ago ...
... it was an exception, when I took no resources.
you Have taken oodles to yourself?
The right pain medication, Yes. I don't even know how much I took, how often, what dose. But it was definitely too much.
Yes, the body felt that, and responded.
was He tired more quickly, recovered slowly, and I was against certain things, seemingly immune.
Against pain of all kinds. I no longer believed that the means of acting, while it had been a long time. This can happen if you take too much of it.
Sounds like Delirium.
In those States they were?
there was, Yes. In the years 2013, 14, 15: I don't think there was a race in which I rode without anything.
they could practice their profession only under strong medication. You were not concerned?
Yes, definitely! But I've also seen that it always went forward. Then in 2015, with world championship Bronze came back in the downhill of success. And the left knee was always better. That's why I did it. It now appears that this was the right way: I Would have stopped, would be the knee, never in such good condition.
Without constant Training.
the removal of the painkillers as a rehab Was?
So I would not call the equal. But it was so that I had to slowly try, do not eliminate it. I once took a pill less, not looked to see if the pain got worse. Otherwise, I took hold again. I tried to reduce in the spring and summer, to me, something New to learn. In the Winter I can't do that because you are doing the major experiments.
What is for you a reward for the hardships?
In the first line of success. I wanted to, I have fought for my whole environment has fought. Without success, I would have made five years more, at some point, the head plays with.
it is these successes that drive you?
It is to the Race, I'm sweating in the summer.
you sweat throughout the summer for a couple of minutes in the Winter. The ratio is true?
The pure travel time may only be a few minutes, but everything that belongs to it, must also fit.
Crucial only two minutes drive from the hotel.
So it should be. Roger Federer plays in a Match also only two hours of Tennis, but something more.
you can also play Tennis. Keeps your knee for two hours?
Does it, but on some other level than Federer. (laughs)
Is there any progress?
I was more often on skis than a year ago. I was three or four days on snow, I had to do two years ago, a week's break. Now two days.
you are now on the Sunny side of their sport. There are however, things you nervous?
of Course, I would be glad, would be the left knee healthier. You must not think that it would feel like the right one, I have a lot less force must almost on a daily basis in physiotherapy.
And around it, the whole travel-intensive?
sure, I'd like to be with my family. But in Winter, the Absence is a part of it. That's why I enjoyed it in the summer with my wife and my daughter.
your daughter is almost one and a half. Marcel Hirscher, who is also a young father, resigned because of the family. Can you understand that?
In any case! Especially with his career. That he can't with the same mass behind it, and the Sport no longer operate as before, is for me to understand.
He would still be able to win the race. Could you step back?
I can tell when I stop. It is great, if one can stop at the peak. But to him it didn't hurt, he would have gone further and would have not won. He would have remained still, Marcel Hirscher, of the eight times, won the overall world Cup.
you Are at your peak?
There is not always potential, I'm in the departure series winner. And in the Super-G, it could run even better.
Why is facing problems there?
There is no Training in the Super-G: sightseeing, then full throttle. It also has to do with the injuries that I liked first, and only then can Gas give. It lacks confidence to me.
"In the Super-G you have to be a daredevil, be, a, the beat, the Ski down the slope. I'm not."
you are a feeling driver, intuitive, have a look for the line. In short: you are the perfect Super-G-driver.
Only you have to drives a daredevil to be one that beats the Ski down the slope, the on and over the Limit. I'm not.
you are 32, how much their planning of large-scale depends on occasions?
Because of a world Cup or Olympic Games, I'm no longer Ski, I don't care about.
no Matter? They define themselves but also on medals.
I'm there, the goal is a medal. But I'm not going to say at the end of the season: Actually, I would stop, but next year is Olympic. No, then I stop.
not the Olympic games Are the Biggest for you?
At the world Cup, I've achieved my gold medal, and at the Olympic games I got two medals. With the big events, it is so that I don't must experience the mandatory once again. I am pleased if I am again in the process, but to say that Beijing 2022, that is my goal – I am far from it.
this Is at the venue?
Maybe it's the two Games I've experienced. As a child, I dreamed of the Olympics. I knew the great stories of the past, of these giant events. Then I came to Sochi, and was – well – not disappointed, but The mood was not as in Wengen or Kitzbühel. This Olympia was! And in South Korea it was the Same. I would hope that the games go back to places where the sport of skiing has a culture, a life.
you had at the Olympic games less emotions than in Wengen?
And Olympia means you less?
Less is the wrong word. If I'm there, it's still a medal, and somewhere in the glow of Olympia is there too. But in advance of it has no appeal to me.
icebreaker – Hockey Podcast by Tamedia
The broadcast can be heard on Spotify as well as Apple. Or directly here:
Created: 29.11.2019, 15:11 PM