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News: surgeries, withdrawals, books, weddings
In less than a month the World Cup is finally going to start again, thank God! While we are waiting, I’m glad to give you some news about what is happening in the White Circus world.
Sarka Zahrobska: surgery and back on the skis
At the end of June the Czech champion had to rushly be hospitalized, interrupting a training session. The doctor soon realized that there was a neurological problem, but the nature of this problem was difficult to find. They were able to identify thanks to the scans that there was a foreign body in her brain, but the nature of it was a mystery. Eventually the analysis revealed a benign tumor, so she underwent a surgery and, after a week of induced coma, she regained consciousness and the problem was solved for good.
With a strength that only a champion can have, she decided to go to South America for the summer ski training with her team, departing on September 9th.
We hope she is going to make a full recovery and that she is going to be at her top again.
Davide Simoncelli: surgery
On June 24th, during a training session on the French Les Deux Alpes glacier, the Italian athlete fell down and because of a crash with a pole suffered an abdominal trauma with a little intestinal perforation. He underwent a surgery at the French Hospital of Grenoble. After 78 days of stop he was able to ski again on the Austrian glacier of Hintertux.
We can’t wait to see him again skiing in the World Cup and we hope that his going to be 100% as soon as possible.
Kalle Palander: the withdrawal
On September 20th, in a press conference, the mythical Finnish champion announced his withdrawal. He said that he is tired of wandering all around the world for competitions and of the pressure that being an athlete entail. He added that he doesn’t feel the psychological motivations anymore, because he has achieved every dream he had as a boy.
Now he is the happy father of two months old beautiful twins, Mona-Lisa and Romeo, and parenting is his new adventure together with a B&B he and his wife opened in Estonia.
Lara Gut: no more rapid gates
The Swiss young champion, after the disappointment of last season, decided to renounce tothe slalom, at least for a while. This is for sure a wise decision: she needs to focus on her specialties to regain the level she was in few seasons ago. So far the test made this summer by the Swiss Team reveals an increasing trend and we are sure she is going to be at her best again really soon.
Maria Riesch: the book
After a short period of uncertainty, when she considered whether she should continue or not her agonistic adventure, because of the unfulfillment she felt after last season, she published an autobiographic book about her life and her World Cup experience. The title is “Straight: ups and downs of my life” and it was released on October 1st. She talks about the emotions, the fear, the joy, the tension this sport gave her and about her friendship with the American star Lindsey Vonn.
The more discussed chapter tough, was the part where she describes the night-life of the White Circus, or as she called it the “Pornzirkus”. Lots of her colleagues, Benni Raich, Marlies Schild and Aksel Lund Svindal for example, found this descripiton way exaggerated and just a trick to increase the sales.
Bode Miller: the wedding
“I have found the one!!! And convinced her to marry me. :-)”
With this tweet the American champion announced his engagement worldwide with, attaching a picture of the ring he gave his fiancee.
“It was a process. Morgan Beck is hard to convince. I’m super excited!” he added few minutes later.
The lucky girl is Morgan Beck, 25, a pro-volleyball player from the Orange County with some modeling experience.
They are going to live in San Diego, CA in Miller’s yacht.
He also started to train again after a 7 months stop, caused by a knee problem after a fall in Sochi.