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InjuryTuesday, 26 February 2013 Richard Amacker
6 months ago exactly on my summer trip to Chile, my life has truly changed, I had a serious accident, rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament, rupture of the medial ligament, I tear my lateral meniscus. September 10, 2012, I was operated by Dr. Vögel in Bern, sports doctor, then a long period of rehabilitation ensued. I'm going to share with you the 6 months have passed with few chapters.
"I fucked my ligaments" first sentence that came out of my mouth after the fall. I could'nt ski anymore, the helicopter picked me up in the middle of the face and tokk me to the heli lodge. On board, the emotion was intense, then my imagination paraded a bunch of images and words in my head, hospital, cruciate ligament surgery, 6 months season is over, first injury, I'm not invincible, it happened to me... A moment that will remain etched in my memory, it was very hard, I realized how serious my injury could be.
After spending sometimes to the hospital, I had the Chilean Doc restored a glimmer of hope when the gravity of my injury. Returned to Switzerland a few days later, I did an MRI to see more clearly for my future. Waiting for results was unbearable, I was in the waiting room when the doctor radiology center approached, my first question was: "Is it serious?" the verdict was clear, he said "YES" Emotion came out again, the Doc tryed to explain the diagnostic but I was somewhere else, in a bubble to think consequences in the future...
According to Dr. Vögel, the operation went well, he repared my ligament, he removed a piece of meniscus, I was able to follow the live operation, it was interesting!
The following operation
A long and difficult period, 4 days in the hospital with severe pain, restless nights with a few hours of rest, returned to Nendaz rumors say after 2 weeks evil blur, it took me 5 weeks to be quiet, it was hell, I slept 3 hours per nights, the pain was so strong, my mind was so down, I lost almost 8 kg during this period, hard!
The day after the surgical intervention, I worked already the mobility of my knee with a physio, then my brother, physio, took over, I was torturing three times a week, had to evacuate the blood in my leg, nothing better as a good massage, horrible! But I also learned to walk, I worked my balance, I started the bike after a month, followed by the fitness. Everything was going well and progress was huge until...
Between the 3rd and 4th month, a slump, I stayed in my bett late in the morning, I had the nerves, I had no more motivation to train, from my point of view my progress was slow or even no , morale was low, I asked a lot of questions like: Why do so many investment? What's the point of fighting?...
The resumption of normal life
I started working as a plasterer peintrel a month ago, certainly a very good thing, it has given new meaning to all these questions I was wondering about 2 months ago. I can not tell you right now that I find my ski before, but one thing is for sure, I will do everything to get there. My rehab goes well, I'm still missing a few centimeters thigh but I feel good and made to attack the chapter "regain confidence on skis." I'll put the skis soon, I look forward to that day. I hope that the hard times are behind me.
Dear Reader, You think, maybe, after reading this text, I am not the first nor the last to go through it, my standard phrase when you addressed this subject, and you also think, perhaps, that I dramatizes and there are far worse things in life, and you may be right. But basically, when you have a passion so strong, and suddenly it stops for an indefinite period and long, and possible damage to life that will reduce your ability, I promise you that it makes you think and not all days are easy.
I thank my family who supported me for six months at home, and I also want to thank my sponsors cause they continued to support and to believe in me!
Las LenasMonday, 13 August 2012 Richard Amacker
Hello Argentina, hello Las Lenas, and snow? OOPS!!
He was a summary of my first week at Lenas!
Arrived last Friday in Santiago de Chile, I joined Mendoza in Argentina after 8 hours in the bus, I spent a short night there in a scary place by a old friendly lady. Unfortunately, communication was very difficult, due to my very limited Spanish = Cerveza, Hola, Ciao, and .... Ahhh that's it!
Taken the bus the next day for San Rafael, I visited this small town typical Argentine and I rest of the trip. Sunday I alp in Las Lenas where I joined Laurent and Thibaud. Station off the outside world, hostile setting, little or no vegetation, a few buildings to house seasonal workers and the few tourists , 6 chair lifts and 4 old school skilifts, mountains and lines of sight that are waiting to be run when the snow falls! Unfortunately, since last monday we just ski on the slope cause the snow are'nt there!!
But all this will change, hopefully, the snow comes tomorrow during the day, 30 cm said the forecast!!
To be continued
South America 2012Tuesday, 31 July 2012 Richard Amacker
Winter is still very far, but for me I still have exactly three days before returning to the cold, white landscapes, and especially the pow!
Yeap Im going back to South America for one month to discover new playground, have fun and work!!
But before all this, I have been preparing!!
I took part a few summer events, such as Solidair in Nendaz (VTT racing), the droit du Catogne (running) and the later, the trail Verbier St Bernard (29km).
I also count 10 days of skiing on the glacier of zermatt. A preparation that went very well, I feel him to face the winter in southern hemisphere!!
The program, my suitcases will be ready at noon Friday, I ll fly from Geneva to 18.30 to reach Santiago de Chile 16h later. Reached its destination, I will join Las Lenas in Argentina, Thibaud Duchosal (Freerider French) and Laurent Jamet (cameraman), for two weeks of riding and shooting around this renowned resort in the freeride scene! August 19th, I return to Santiago to start my second trip in the company of brothers Falquets (rider, cameraman, film director), Jeremy Bernard (Photographer), Guido Perrini (Cameraman), Greg fitzsimmons (Journalist USA). We will stay in Chile this time, we will take up the Puma Lodge (Base heli-skiing) for a few days, then at the end of the trip hike to get a few blank portions of tracks!
You can follow my trip on my blog, where I will put news and on facebook where I ll post pictures everyday!!
Season 11/12 is done, Begins season 12/13Sunday, 13 May 2012 Richard Amacker
After nearly two months without news, it was time to start writing again!
My 2011/2012 season is definitely over at this time, I put my skis away, but not for a long time!!
My season feed back is very satisfying, a victory on the World Tour, three top 10, best rookie, 8th overall, a place fixed for 2013 season and especially the experience gained throughout the season!
April was very quiet, I was able to attend the Charity night in Verbier, I participated in the Verbier High Five by Carlsberg, I also moved on to the Swiss championships in Engelberg for ski teachers, such as ski cross discipline, giant slalom, freestyle, demo team, telemark, snowboarding ...
James Blunt around athletes (from bottom to top, from l. To r.): Johann Lonfat, Jakob Hlasek, Justin Murisier, Didier Cuche, Richard Amacker, Didier Défago, Tiffany Giroudet, Dave Dollé, Tina Maze, Adrian Theaux, Daniel Yule, Pillow Friend, Dominique Perret, Pierrick Bourgeat, Tanja Frieden, Alan and Alex Tissières Fivaz.
Season 11/12 complete, up to next season, I started my summer job as a plasterer and painter, always at Gilbert Fournier, the best boss ever!! wink at him!!
Physical training sterded again since 1 week, mountain bike, walking, trampoline ...
After three weeks without snow and skiing, I will ski this weekend on the Zermatt glacier.
For the rest? A project in South America is not to exclude ...
FieberbrunnThursday, 15 March 2012 Richard Amacker
Fieberbrunn is behind me! I must say, I could'nt expected that before the final in Verbier!
An impressive face, mini Bec Des Rosses
25 cm of powder, perfect snow condition
Nearly 3000 people to encourage us
An incredible organization, stepped to the public, a huge contest village, 4* hotel for riders!
In sporting terms, I had a good run, the first portion engaged with many Sluff (flowing snow) in a small hallway followed by a double cliff, then a straight line, in the end run, a front flip then I amused myself with the ground by jumping through a few young trees!!
- 8th Swatch Freeride World Tour Fieberbrunn
- 7th overall Ranking at the World Cup
- Qualified for the final in Verbier
- Qualified for the 2013 FWT (normally)
- Nominated for Best New Comer of the season on the FWT
This weekend, I will prepare the Verbier Final on the Nendaz Freeride, Freeride World Qualifier 4*, a comp that I love, and I'm really happy to participate!
Saturday 2 runs of qualifications on the Dent de Nendaz, Maretz side and Tracouet side. Sunday the final is scheduled on Mont Gond! Come to the show!!
Then next week, inspect the Bec Des Rosses, then Saturday the final of the Swatch Freeride World Tour 2012 with the 15 best skiers of the World!!
Move to the Mt Fort - The Gentianes passing through via Nendaz or via Verbier, show guaranteed!
Then Saturday night, come share a drink with all the riders of the FWT, atmosphere await you!
I count on you!!
Swatch FWT RoldalMonday, 05 March 2012 Richard Amacker
After a month break, a small photo shoot with Nendaz and i worked at the Swiss ski school Nendaz, it was time to leave for the next stop of World Tour in Norway!
But first, some media coverage of my victory in Courmayeur:http://www.tsr.ch/video/sport/sport-dimanche/3745827-freeride-world-tour-entretien-avec-richard-amacker-freerider.html
Left at 7:30 am for 2 hours by train to Geneva airport and 1:30 to Amsterdam, then 1:30 to Bergen in Norway and finally 4 hours of bus to Roldal. Arrived around midnight, heavy rain fell on our compete spot, we were a bit scared!!
The next day, unable to ride, due to the big storm!! So we took care as might! watched the victory of Didier Cuche in Crans-Montana, cooked salmon, internet ...!
Saturday 25, the sky was completely closed, but a bit of fresh snow had fallen overnight. We could start to identify the face to 13h, my line was determined after about an hour. 4.30 pm, the guides have bombed the mountain, nothing has changed not even a piece of snow. (Bad signal) Then they skied, a deafening noise was heard from the snowpack completely frozen! Verdict: too dangerous, face canceled!
Sunday morning, 6:30 am alarm clock, 8am face inspection of the new one, she looked not very good at skiing, my impression was good, the guides have canceled the second face, frozen hard! He remained an option, it looked good, maybe too! Avalanche 10min before the walk up. Decision: héli up and they closed the half face!
14h I jumped to a smooth and secure run! Unfortunately, a rolling ball after a reception bar! Verdict without appeal, the 17th rank, bad for the overall ranking, I took the 7th place!
Direction Fieberbrunn Austria Wednesday night for the last step before the World Tour final in Verbier! You must stay in the top 8 for the final!!
Canadian dream sucks!!Back in Switzerland yesterday in the day with a bitter taste of Canadian travel! Let's start with the snow conditions and weather over the past 11 days on the North American continent! A relatively thick base layer but unfortunaSunday, 15 January 2012 Richard Amacker
Back in Switzerland yesterday in the day with a bitter taste of Canadian trip!!
Let's start with the snow conditions and weather over the past 11 days on the North American continent! A relatively big snow base but unfortunately hit by warming during December and the lack of snowfall, conclusion, a compact and hard snow and drawn on all sides by the locals. The weather was also not to go, snow-rain, wind and fog that accompanied us throughout the trip, except the final day of the sun appeared for the first and only time! We were able to discover the beautiful landscapes, huge blank sides of pow and trees out of sight, beautiful!
The first stage of the World Tour, she quickly finished!
A day that promised well, my line was chosen since the day, I had a good feeling, a beautiful picture of athletes, very stressed but motivated to make a good run, the snow conditions were good, it had snowed 10 cm during the night, visibility was reasonable, all factors to qualify for the finals. Unfortunately fate decided otherwise. After a run input technical rather fluid skied, I fall after the first break rock. My run was sentenced after 100m race! It is the law of the sport!
1. Kye Petersen CAN
2. Oakley United States Allen White
3. Drew Tabke United States
4. Adrien Coirier
5. Jérémy Prévost
19. Sat Anthamatten
It now remains for me a few days to handle the jetlag and train to be ready for the next stage of the World Tour. We will reach Chamonix late Thursday afternoon, Friday inspection of the face, and if the weather is good , Saturday race.
Canada Revelstoke BC FWTWednesday, 04 January 2012 Richard Amacker
After more than one week of enforced rest, last Wednesday I could put my skis back. No ligament pain, a little at minisque, but nothing serious according the physio, in any case no challenge to the American trip, as I am!
And yes, Revelstoke BC Canada my first trip to North America for the first stage of the Freeride World Tour!
gone a few hours after New Year, Happy New Year, direction Zurich, I took on the road Sam Anthamatten, motivated like a lion in a cage!! We spent one night near the airport cause we had to be at 6am at Zurich Airport, our flight was at 8:10. Fortunately we were early, there are often surprises! Lufthansa, one pair skis are allowed, we had three pairs of skis each, this was too much in the eyes of the company. Balance sheet, 150 euros each!
Arrived at Calgary Airport, obviously our skis were not meeting. They arrived 2 hours later, in short, thank you Lufthansa!
A Mitsubishi Outlander waiting for us to get to Golden, a small ski resort on the way to Revelstoke. Our crew has grown with Flo Orley, vice world champion in snowboarding last year, who joined our 4X4. We stayed in a backpackers before you hit the road early this morning to rally Revelstoke where we skied a half day.
The snow conditions are not like in Europe, unfortunately. There is a good snowbase, but it had to be hot, it's hard pack!
In short, it's not the BC dream.
The following days, the first stage of the World Tour this weekend, then I will stay until 17 to film with PVS Compagny.
InjurieMonday, 26 December 2011 Richard Amacker
After 6 days of heavy snow, almost 1m in the station, 2m on Nendaz slopes, it was time for me to put my freeride skis back on Monday to trace my way through these fields of virgin powder!
It was one of the best powder day, I eat snow all day, jumping in all directions, pilow line, just a short the dream.
Unfortunately, at midday, a small minor fall, I thought, arriving in the evening my body, my muscles cool, a big right knee pain is being felt.
The physio was able to take me away, balance sheet after 1 hour, partial tear of the ligament of the knee.
Since last Monday, I spend my time complaining to me while my little brother passes the day in the snow and told me his adventures white powder, but more importantly, every day in the physio to get back up as soon as possible.
This morning I tested my knee with lateral jump on one leg, balancing on unstable ground on one leg, legs press on one leg, I found a smile again.
I put the skis tomorrow or after tomorrow.
Season is on!!Saturday, 17 December 2011 Richard Amacker
The season is definitly on!!
After months of October and November very hot and without any rain, the snow is there now! It's snowing hard and heavy for 3 days, more than 80cm in Nendaz station, just incredible. The season will be fine hopefully.
In recent weeks, I was still working as a plasterer-painter until 1 December, I refined my physical preparation, I spent a lot of time on the glacier of Zermatt. In early December until yesterday, I trained future teacher from the Swiss ski school Nendaz.
From today, I will focus completely on my freeride season, I wanted to thank my partners who will support me throughout this season on the Freeride World Tour, shooting or other trips:
Restaurant Vieux Verbier
AB Amacker Masonry
Gilbert Fournier Plâtrier-Peintre
The program of the Freeride World Tour is definitely established:
- Step 1 of Revelstoke, Canada January 6 to 11
- Step 2 of Chamonix-France January 21 to 27
- Step 3 of Courmayeur, Italy January 21 to 27
- Step 4 Røldal-Norway from February 25 to March 2
- Step 5 Fieberbrunn Austria of March 9 to 16
- Step 6 Verbier, Switzerland from March 24 to April 1
It is time for me to put on the skis freeride, and train for the first stage in two weeks and a half.
You can follow me every 8-10 days on my blog
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