Biathlon Olympic champion Peppe Femling suffers horror injury
Swedish Olympic biathlon champion Peppe Femling has suffered a horror injury while training in Norway.
The PyeongChang 2018 gold medallist got a ski pole lodged deep into his right leg while he was roller-skiing.
Femling was warming up for an event in Lysebotn in Norway, when he was forced to jump into a ditch to avoid colliding with a car.
The 26-year-old was airlifted to hospital in Stavanger, where the ski pole was removed from his calf.
Translation: What would have been a nice weekend in Norway ended before it even started, with a trip in the ambulance helicopter. The progress report right now says that everything looks good even though the pictures in various media do not look so good. Currently still have the stick in the leg, but hopefully, immediately into the operating room and take it out.
“The pole stuck out one metre the other side,” coach Johan Haeggstroem told TT.
A lucky escape
Strangely, there is some positive news to come out of this.
The ski pole went straight through Femling's muscle, meaning that no vital blood vessels, nerves of skeletal parts were injured.
The Gavle native has since posted on social media that ‘everything looks good’ and is thought to have been discharged from hospital already.
The prognosis is so good in fact, that he may even be training again within the fortnight.
"We think he may be back in training within fourteen days, but how much he can burden the leg is uncertain yet,” Swedish Biathlon Federation Secretary General Ingemar Arwidson told SVT Sport.
A surprise Olympic gold for Peppe Femling
Femling was part of the team that caused a shock to win the biathlon men’s relay gold at PyeongChang 2018.
The Swedes beat their much-fancied old rivals Norway by 55.5 seconds.
Swedish anchor Fredrik Lindstroem held his nerve in a frenetic final leg battle with biathlete veteran Emil Hegle Svendsen.
But after the Norwegian’s uncharacteristically poor shooting performance, Lindstroem was able to see the team to a comfortable victory.