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Amy Baserga at the World Cup in Antholz. © APA/afp / MARCO BERTORELLO

Swiss biathlete knows no pain

The 23-year-old Swiss biathlete Amy Baserga not only impressed in terms of sport in the 2023/24 season. Despite a torn ligament in her left hand, she fought her way through the entire season - and with impressive results.

It is not the first time that the young Swiss woman has demonstrated her resilience: in August 2020, her boyfriend Lucas Schmid was killed in a motorcycle accident. Unlike many others, Baserga uses the energy of her grief as motivation and becomes Junior World Champion in the sprint and pursuit in Obertilliach at the beginning of 2021.

The new drama began almost a year ago when Baserga fell off her bike and immediately felt severe pain in her left hand. The doctors initially diagnosed a sprain. The actual injury was only discovered shortly before the start of the season: a torn TFCC ligament in the hand. The ligament is also known as the shock absorber of the hand and is used particularly for supporting. The 23-year-old postponed the necessary operation until after the season.

Further setbacks

She competed in the season with a taped hand and a strong will. "I taped my wrist before every competition and tried to forget the pain," explained Baserga. The pain got even worse when she fell again in America. Nevertheless, she continued running, even with additional tape on her shoulder and fingers. In the last mass start of the season in Canmore, the Swiss achieved her best result of 9th place. Shortly after her success, she underwent surgery on March 28th. The diagnosis was devastating: ligaments were torn, a tendon was inflamed and the ulna had already been worn down.

After nine weeks in the clinic, the Zurich-born woman is finally seeing progress. In an Instagram post, she writes: "After many ups and downs, today was definitely one of my best days! After 79 days off due to injury, I went cycling for the first time today. No trails and no downhill, just straight ahead, but it was beautiful!" Despite one-armed training and a slow recovery, she is looking forward, with her big goal firmly in sight: the home World Championships. "I'm finally seeing progress and it will take some time until I'm 100 percent pain-free again, but that's okay," she continues.

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