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New serious injury notice for WC hope Graabak – several fractures have been detected after a training accident

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Jørgen Graabak is struggling with several fractures in his arm. Photo: Geir Olsen / NTB

Of NTB | 21.05.2024 10:21:09

Sport: It has been three weeks since the accident happened to Graabak. The combined profile, which has four Olympic gold medals on its track record, hit the ground running in its very first session in the run-up to next season’s WC on home ground in Granåsen.

On Tuesday, he received answers to new examinations related to the injuries to his elbow and arm sustained in the accident.

– The status is that the elbow is broken. It is the tip of the elbow that is off. In addition, the large bone in the forearm is broken, says Graabak to NTB.

Address newspaper mentioned the matter first.

In addition to the aforementioned fractures, the combined profile has heavy bleeding in the muscles in the area that has received a blow.

– I have given myself until ten o’clock to be cursed. Then I have eight minutes left. Then I have to look ahead.

Three weeks have passed since the roller ski accident. The time horizon Graabak has now submitted looks like this:

– There is talk that it will take another five weeks before the fractures have healed. As a result, this will be a bit of a long-term thing, but we will just have to find solutions for that.

– What does this do to your training plans in the future?

– They must of course be changed. I have to start over a bit. Now I’m going to do some meeting business related to what I can be allowed to do and what is possible. I have to try to invest in the areas I can invest in, says Graabak.

– I imagine that, for example, I can go roller-skiing with my arm in a sling. Maybe run a little too. Maybe in the short term I can run some technical exercises, says the combined profile.

– Roller skiing with your arm in a barrel sounds risky?

– It is a bit risky, but we are talking about a calculated risk. Something I can do on the mill to reduce the risk. There will be little risky downhills and things like that.

Graabak is clear that the build-up to an extremely important WC on home soil did not need the start it has now had.

– It’s a bang, but I can’t do much about it. I just have to take the situation as it is and make the best of it. There are still ten months to the WC. The world is not going to end because of this, but it was a bit of a tough message to get, says the golden hope.

Graabak has contributed to Norwegian team gold in the last three World Ski Championships. In total, he has six WC medals. In the context of the Olympics, there were two golds during the Winter Games in Sochi in 2014 and a further two golds in Beijing eight years later. There have also been two silvers.

Trønder is one of three men’s runners who received an elite national team place ahead of the upcoming WC season. Jarl Magnus Riiber and Jens Lurås Oftebro are the other two.

Graabak happily admits that Tuesday’s unwelcome update on the extent of the damage was hard to swallow. When NTB spoke to the veteran at around 09.50, he said:

He is unsure what kind of training it will be possible to do in the weeks ahead, but chooses to see opportunities.

(© NTB)

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