BIG BLOW : Carolina Marin out of Tokyo Olympics games
The Olympic champion suffers a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament and the two menisci in her left knee and will undergo surgery this week
Carolina Marín suffers a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament and the two menisci in her left knee, so the Huelva woman will have to undergo surgery and says goodbye to the Tokyo Olympics. The Olympic champion will undergo surgery during the week – the day is pending confirmation – to start the recovery process as soon as possible to, at least, try to recover in time to play the World Cup in Huelva between November 29 and November 5 from December. She will be operated on again at the CEMTRO Clinic by the team of Doctor Guillén and Fernández Jaén, who already operated on her right in 2019.
After the evolution followed over the weekend and the tests carried out, the worst omens have been confirmed. The Spanish, who was a safe bet of a medal for the Spanish delegation, was injured last Friday during a training session at the CAR in Madrid.
” I want to thank everyone for their support and messages during these days. This is another blow that I must face, but have no doubt that I will return. Even though the preparation in the last two months had become very difficult ” The illusion we had was enormous and we knew that I was going to get to the Olympic Games in the best possible way. It can’t be. I know that I am in the best hands and that I have many people by my side”, acknowledged the three-time world champion and five-time champion of Europe.
This is another blow I must deal with, but have no doubt that I will be back.
Carolina, who has been two very hard years, has her dream of revalidating the Olympic gold that she already achieved in Rio 2016 truncated. “It is a very tough situation. Despite the difficulties that had arisen in the preparation of the last two months, we had been managed to replace, as we have always done. It is very unfair for her, because her path since the injury in 2019 has been practically heroic. She will be surrounded by her entire team at all times and we will do everything she needs to get her back to level. that he was, ” confesses Fernando Rivas, his coach since he was 14 years old.
It is something very unfair for her, because her path since the injury in 2019 has been practically heroic
Carolina Marín had managed to overcome a thousand and one obstacles to reach Tokyo in the best possible conditions. The last two years have been an example of constant improvement and struggle for Huelva. First, she had to overcome the serious injury to her right knee crusader in January 2019 , which made her undergo surgery and kept her off the slopes for seven and a half months. In record time, and after hours and hours of rehabilitation, the Spanish managed to find herself. 48 days after his return, he was already back in the Top 10.
The current injury is not related to the one he suffered in his right knee in 2019, considered by his entire team as well as by doctors as “more than overcome, even in 2019”.
Then came the accident of his father, the pandemic and the death of his father. “Carolina is human, although she is so extraordinary that sometimes she doesn’t seem like it,” said Rivas. For this reason, all this took its toll on him emotionally and on his game. After a bump at the end of 2020, the Spanish was reunited with her best version after a lot of psychological work with María Martínez and many talks also with Rivas. Her start to 2021 had been overwhelming: five championships, five finals and four titles: two Super 1,000 in Thailand, Swiss Open champion and European champion for the fifth time.The injury comes at the best sporting moment in the last two and a half years and less than two months before the start of the Games. Now it’s time to think about the World Cup to be held at home.