Silov, who suffered a serious injury at the World Cup, hopes to be able to resume ice training in the summer / Day

On Saturday, the Latvian athlete experienced a fall in the last lap of the World Championship competition in Herenven and took the 13th place. As Silov explained, in the last lap of the final, the Russian athlete lost his balance and hit him with a skate in front of his foot. Due to the cut leg, he fell in the straight line at the finish.

On Sunday, Silov underwent left leg surgery to restore the anterior ligaments of the foot.

“Now all you have to do is follow the care regime and in two weeks you will be able to take out the seams to put another plaster. After that, in consultation with doctors and the Latvian Olympic team, I will start the rehabilitation process,” Silovs said about the past operation.

Front-link injury in high-speed skating is very atypical, and Silov hopes that the International Skating Union (ISU) will try to pay more attention to such cases so that it does not happen again in the future.

“Two ligaments were cut, which play a very important role in the sport of skating. Achilles tendons or ankle ligaments are often injured, but in my case they are the front ligaments that were cut just above the skate. very close to the feet. On the eve you should think more about how to protect this part of the leg, “explained Silov.

Over the next six weeks, the bonding process could take place, after which it will be possible to gradually start moving the leg.

“In two weeks I will be able to work with other body groups, for example, with the right leg and the middle of the abdomen. Of course, everything will be under careful control so as not to prolong the rehabilitation period,” the Latvian speed skater noted.

The rehabilitation process could take three to six months, so in the summer you could think about resuming ice training.

“I don’t want to rush back to the ice. The most important thing right now is for the leg to heal so that all the structures are firm. Summer ice workouts for me usually start in July, “said Silov.

After the World Cup, he was scheduled to finish the season in Incel at the end of February.

“They were more like training machines to prolong the ice period until March. Usually the season ends in mid-March, so it was necessary to extend the workload. Now we have to change the approach to training and plan everything again. “A lot can be done to maintain the level before the injury,” said Silov.

Before the World Championship in Heren, there were two stages of the World Cup, in which Silov won the eighth and fifth place in the competition with a joint start.

“The mass start had very stable results. Everything went well in the World Championship, except for the very end. I felt better than in the season before the 2018 Olympics and also in previous years. Progress was noticeable, so it’s a pity that it all ended, because every week everything went up, “concluded the athlete.

In order to win a ticket to the 2022 Beijing Olympics, in the competition with a joint start, the athletes must be in the top 24 in three stages. In turn, in 1500 meters you can qualify both by rank and with the achieved result in the distance.

“I would also like to add a five-kilometer distance, because it is similar to a mass start. If you are good at five kilometers, then it is very likely that you are also good at a mass start. In previous years, mass start and 5000 meters were ordered in one day, so I chose to race start, “stressed Silov.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all four of the season’s main races took place in Herena this season – the European Championships, two World Cup stages and also the Planet Championships.

“It is commendable that the Netherlands took the initiative and organized the competition at a very good level,” said Silov, who, like other speed skaters and other athletes, faces various restrictions. “We followed the conditions in the countries where we trained. We had to adapt all the time. Of course there were limiting conditions, for example, we could not train together or the use of gyms was limited. I could train, but other conditions, such as command hours or masks I wasn’t completely bothered. If training bases are available, the rest is bean bark. “

Last year, Silov won the seventh place in the distance with a joint start in the most important competitions of the season – the World Championship, the World Cup final and the European Championship.

Silov, 34, is a two-time European absolute champion in short track, but together with gold medals in certain disciplines, he holds five champion titles, which were won from 2008 to 2011. The athlete has competed in three Olympic Games since 2010, in 2018 in Pyongyang, finishing fourth in the 1,500-meter speed skating race.

In 2010, Silov became the first athlete to participate in both Olympic track and speed skating in one Olympic Games, and did it in one day.

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