Norwegian skier Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, world No.2 for the last two winters, said Thursday that he was not sure if he would ever be able to return to competition after the injuries he suffered during a fall last month.
“The situation surrounding my injury is unclear. I am optimistic about my full recovery but the question is how long it will take,” the 31-year-old skier was quoted as saying by the Norwegian agency NTB during a digital press conference.
“It’s too early to say if I’ll be able to get back on skis like before and win races again, but I obviously hope to get back to what I love,” he said.
The Norwegian had to give up the season after his fall during the descent in Wengen (Switzerland) on January 13.
Evacuated by helicopter, he suffered a dislocated shoulder and a deep laceration of his right calf, an injury that he documented by publishing raw images on his Instagram account.
His partner, ski queen Mikaela Shiffrin, five-time World Cup winner and leader of the general classification this season, was herself the victim of a fall last week in the descent of Cortina d'Ampezzo, in Italy.
The 28-year-old American suffered a minor knee injury.