Jaroslav Kulhavy has a broken kneecap

The unpleasant accident happened to the Olympic champion Jaroslav Kulhavy on Sunday when he fell down on the icy terrain. The physicians´ diagnosis is – the fracture of the kneecap.

The extent of the injury is such that it is certain that Jaroslav´s planned start in the 2014 season will have to be postponed. The treatment requires at least four weeks´ fixation of the knee joint followed by two weeks´ rehabilitation without any exercise.

„It was such an innocent slip on the ice plate“, describes Jaroslav the course of the injury and adds, „but the down fall was too hard and the knee didn´t withstand. It´s infuriating, after years, my winter training was perfect and without problems. And now I have a few difficult weeks in front of me. I believe that I will handle everything and I will be soon ready to race at 100%. At this moment we are not able to say when it will be. Anyway I should be fit and participate in the World Championship in marathon and cross country”.

„It´s of course unfortunate, the more so because Jaroslav has passed so far training in an excellent manner and after the December and January training camp in Mallorca he was in perfect condition. However I think that Jaroslav will be able to get ready for the most important races of the season despite this unpleasant and painful injury. But it is not possible to say the same in the context of the opening races of the World Cup. We hope that Jaroslav will soon start with the modified training programme that will help to keep him in the appropriate condition“ adds the coach Viktor Zapletal.