Injury is a harsh reality in winter sports like skiing and snowboarding -- and many of the current Olympians have either missed past Olympics or are sitting out Vancouver because of injuries. We talked to one of these athletes, skier Resi Stiegler, who fractured her left leg in November.
MindBodyGreen: In dealing with injuries, what is easier - recuperating mentally or physically?
Resi Stiegler: Mentally for me its easier to recuperate starting off. I think it's just who I am, there is nothing you can do and the longer you are sad and bumming out the longer it's going to take to get back. So to start off it's easier mentally because your body is always going up and down on the way to recovering. I think once you make it back and you are skiing its hard to get back into it mentally because your body is finally healed and you need to be patient with yourself.
MBG: What do you have planned for rehab? When do you hope to return?
RS: Right now I'm trying to stay positive and not think about what a great season I'm missing. I got hurt at the beginning of the ski season so I don't have a planned time to make it back. Our first camp is in New Zealand next August (for the next season) so that's when I plan to ski with the team. But I will probably do some on snow or beginning work before that.
MBG: Many tremendous athletes have made amazing recoveries from injuries, e.g. Michael Jordan - is there anyone in particular whose comeback inspires you?
RS: Not really, I mean everyone is inspiring in some way to come back. I'm always impressed with dirt-bikers like Travis Pastrana who can keep going for it 110 percent and at least act like they are not scared to get hurt again. That is the coolest to see someone play with no fear.