Snowboard cross-country skier Eva Samková is back in the Czech Republic after Monday after a broken ankle surgery. The 2014 Olympic champion from Sochi is intensively rehabilitating in Prague, but she said it was too early to estimate whether she would catch the February Olympic Games in Beijing.
“Thank you all for the beautiful messages, offers of help and good luck. I did not expect that there would be so much,” Samkova said in a video for the media. “I am back in Prague, I have rehabilitation and other healing procedures every day. It is going well. I have the best team around me. I go day after day and see what it will be like. It is still very early for forecasts and I would not like to do them,” she said. .
The bronze medalist from the Pyongyang Games in 2018 was injured on December 11 during the finish of the mixed team race in Montafon, where she won a silver medal with Jan Kubikík. At the clinic in Montafon-Schruns, she underwent surgery the same evening, after which she has screws in her legs.
Samková undergoes treatment under the guidance of physiotherapist Pavel Kolář, doctor Jiří Dostal and other specialists. “The operation in Schruns went well, with very good results. Intensive rehabilitation is underway. It is premature to speculate about Eva’s participation in the Olympics. We must realize that she was injured less than two weeks ago. The basic goal of our care is for Eva to be “We all try to make her in the snow as soon as possible, but that’s not the point now. Health is paramount,” Dostal said.
Even her coach Marek Jelínek did not want to speculate on the possibility of starting her charge at the Olympics in Beijing, which will start on February 4 and where the women will go snowboarding on February 8. “If she manages to put her together so that she can even catch the Olympics, that would be a nice bonus. We and the medical team try to get her together so that she can continue to race or, if she does not want to race, she will lead a full life. without pain and she was healthy, “Jelínek told Radiožurnál.