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The ups and downs: 5 dramatic returns to the sport

In the film Legend # 17 there is an episode when, after an accident, the protagonist, the prototype of the greatest hockey player in the history of the USSR, Valery Kharlamov, asks the doctor: Will I play ?. To which the doctor replies: Let's hope, Valery Borisovich ... that you will at least walk. Such stories, when a career, and sometimes life, hangs in the balance, unfortunately, are not uncommon in the world of big-time sports. It sounds corny, but in such situations, when no one seems to believe in recovery, there is only one way - to find strength and not give up.

Victor An

Discipline: short track speed skating

In 2008 in South Korea, Victor Ahn, and then Ahn Hyun Soo, conducted training as usual. But at some point, the athlete lost his balance and flew into the side at full speed. The result is a fracture of the knee joint. Doctors underestimated the severity of the injury and said that in a couple of months the athlete could be back in the ranks. Recovery alone took eight months, during which Anu had to undergo three difficult operations. The short tracker did not have time to get the necessary form for the qualifying tournament, which allowed the best of the best to perform at the Vancouver Olympics. At the competitions, he was bypassed by as many as eight compatriots, and only three could get to the Games. I had to say goodbye to my dream, but not goodbye.

In 2010, Victor An served in the army, after which he planned to prepare qualitatively for the qualifying stage. But it seemed that everything was against him: the competition was suddenly postponed, and there was simply no time left for preparation. An is back in flight. They do not take on the team, and there is more than enough strength and desire. Then the athlete decided to try his luck in another country, his choice fell on Russia. The result - at the Sochi Olympics, Viktor An won three gold medals at once. But South Korea was at a broken trough, left in the short track without awards. Everything worked out. But how long had to wait for this moment! The inscription on the skates of the athlete is symbolic, which became his motto: No pain, no gain (there are no achievements without pain, or water does not flow under a lying stone).

Yana Kudryavtseva

Discipline: rhythmic gymnastics

A year before the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, young gymnast Yana Kudryavtseva won four gold medals at the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships. A girl with a broken leg competed: the scaphoid bone in the athlete's foot simply crumbled. The gymnast had no doubts about performing, even through severe pain. Only then no one knew about the fracture, because due to inflammation in the leg, the doctors did not immediately find it. Of course, if something was known about the break, the coaches would have forbidden Yana from performing.

After surgery on her leg, Kudryavtseva spent about six months in rehabilitation, completely regaining consciousnessI didn’t have time for the Olympics: I didn’t train at full strength, didn’t do jumps during runs, couldn’t even stand on my toes. After such breaks in rhythmic gymnastics, it is generally difficult to return to their previous shape - even stretching becomes much worse. But at the Olympics itself, the athlete gave her all, gave all her strength and won silver. If it were not for the annoying mistake (Yana dropped her mace at the very end of the program), perhaps, I would have won the gold.

Samir Ait Said

Discipline: artistic gymnastics

We can say that the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro for the gymnast Samir Ait Said ended before it started. The first competitive day of the Games, an unsuccessful landing when jumping from a shell, a sigh of the amazed audience - the athlete's shin was simply twisted. Doctors diagnosed a double leg fracture and required surgery.

Later Samir recalled that he really wanted get to the hospital faster. But not because of fear, and not even so much because of pain. He wanted to get qualified help to start preparing for the next Olympics! The athlete's first thoughts were that these Games were over, but four years later, the next ones await him. And he thought about it not in order to somehow reassure himself, but because he was one hundred percent sure of his future triumph. Rematch awaits Samir at the Tokyo Olympics. Now he has already joined the regime of constant training for wear, because the end justifies the means.

Petr Cech

Discipline: football

In 2005 year, football goalkeeper Petr Cech was recognized as the best in the world according to the IFFIIS (International Federation of Football History and Statistics) . A year later, he was balancing between life and death: in the first minute of the match, a player of the opposite team fell on his knee on the head of the goalkeeper. The result is a depressed fracture of the skull, surgery, and two metal plates in the head. There was everything: problems with memory, and difficulties with speech, and severe headaches. The first forecast is that a return is impossible. A little later, the doctors took a year off for recovery.

Three months later, Cech was already at the gate ... Moreover, the return was spontaneous. The coach simply asked: Are you going to watch the game or play? The goalkeeper chose the second option, although he never even had time to practice with the team. Zhenya said nothing and went out onto the lawn. True, since then, the footballer has been forced to enter the field wearing a specially designed rugby helmet. And the point here is not a psychological barrier, but the prohibition of doctors: repeated trauma can become a serious threat to life. Cech never became the best goalkeeper anymore, but after an injury he got in great shape and won many awards with his team, including the coveted victory in the Champions League, which every footballer dreams of.

Aliya Mustafina

Discipline: artistic gymnastics

In 2011, a year before the London Olympics, gymnast Aliya Mustafina received a severe knee injury - cruciate ligament rupture. During the jump, which the athlete always performed confidently, something went wrong: an unsuccessful landing - a second - and you can already forget about the upcoming Olympics. Experts note that after such an injury it is almost impossible to return to the previous level in artistic gymnastics. Many athletes ended their careers after receiving such injuries. Doubts about Aliya's ability to return, and even return to the Olympics, were, perhaps, for everyone. Everyone except her.

Five days after the operation, Aliya was already in the gym. At first there were crutches, I started small, but went to the goal with leaps and bounds. Six months later, she was already allowed to perform jumps, and two months later the gymnast made a triumphant return. At the London Olympics, she won a full set of awards.

After London without health problems not done. The meniscus was damaged, and at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Aliya performed with back pain. And again she took all the medals with her. Then the athlete decided to take a break from gymnastics and in the summer of 2017 she became a mother. And two months later ... she announced her return - Aliya really wants to check whether another grandiose return will turn out.

Sport is a school of life. What does he teach? Yes, perhaps the most important thing: to be confident in yourself, to be psychologically ready for the vicissitudes of fate, to appreciate what is, and remember that there is always a way out.

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