“I was extremely lucky given the circumstances, nothing vital was touched and this is most important.” –Adrien Theaux
37-year-old ski racer Adrien Theaux is recovering at home in France after a gruesome training accident at Copper Mountain. The Sun reports Theuax was in Colorado training for a Super-G downhill event when he lost control, flew into the woods, and suffered multiple injuries including a nasty puncture wound in his leg from a tree branch. The Frenchman also broke his arm and leg. He underwent surgery and will be left with extensive scarring but is thankful to be alive. Find his full account of the accident below:
“Hi all, I’m here to give you some news following my accident last Monday in training in the USA. I wasn’t quite in a position to report earlier, sorry. After making a mistake in Super-G, I went straight into the protective nets, and stopped in the forest. Assessment, fracture of the tibia, bill of the elbow with tearing of the triceps, and a good hole in the thigh due to a branch which dragged by there.
However, in my misfortune I was extremely lucky given the circumstances, nothing vital was touched and that is most important. I also had the chance to be directly taken care of on the track by our “genius” doctor @louissvgn to whom I owe a lot and who accompanied me throughout this journey, even bringing me home. Thanks my guy!
Thanks to our physiotherapist @arnaud_sudre who was also there and without whom I would not have had access to the two surgeons Vaiola and Gaudin who did an extraordinary job during both operations. Thank you to my family and all my “brothers” descenders for their support. Sorry to you Seb my ski technician, and my coaches with whom we had done a tremendous job for over a year to get back to the top level. All the lights were green, the sensations were very good and the lap times too. However, this is the harsh law of life, top level sport and even more downhill in which the slightest mistake has serious consequences and puts us out of the game for a long time.
Sorry to all my sponsors, all the people who support me and believe in me, for not being able to make you dream this winter. The physical pains slowly pass, yet we still have to accept what is happening. Now is the time to rebuild and find other occupations while getting back on the skis.
A huge thank you to all for your messages of support!”