Playing with centrifugal forces A normal day in Anna’s preparation phase starts at 9am.“We normally do three hours of strength training, ergometer units and fast walking on the treadmill. A special emphasis is also put on core stability and leg stability. At 12, the lunch break starts and around 1.30pm a regenerative session with massages or lymph drainages follows. Then from 3pm onwards, I either do another endurance session, attend PR, sponsor or press appointments or I have leisure time,” Anna explains. With such a tight schedule, we want to know how the athlete keeps motivated. She answers: “It’s simple – by reminding myself that I am able to do what I love the most.” She adds: “There are so many things I love about skiing but the sport in itself is a main factor. One needs so many skills to be good at it: sensitivity, a certain strength, muscular endurance and a feel for snow and material. Of course, there is also this exceptional feeling one gets when accomplishing the perfect carving swing or the play with the centrifugal forces. On skis, you feel tremendously free, you can be in nature, chose your own way and go to the limit. That’s pure adrenaline.” In 2015, Anna Fenninger had to involuntarily pause her career. While training for the World Cup in Sölden, she crashed and severely injured her right knee. A torn ligament, severed patella tendon and torn collateral ligament meant the end of the season for her. “At the start it was a real shock for me – primarily because of the injury’s severity but then I quickly accepted it. The good thing was that my family and team were there for me from the very start. In this high-risk kind of sport, we push the thought of getting injured ourselves to the back of our minds. But now that it happened, you have to be able to deal with the situation as quickly as possible.” Having had to go through various operations and subsequent physiotherapy, Anna is luckily able to slowly start training again. “I had to entirely relearn controlling my muscles. Now I try to bring my muscular corset back to where it was before the injury. I will do everything for my comeback and ski training is planned for August if everything goes to plan.”
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