It was last Thursday the accident was out. The Norwegian ski jumper Daniel André Tande suddenly fell ugly during a training jump on the ski flying slope in Planica, and afterwards he was placed in an artificial coma with a punctured lung and a broken collarbone.
Many have been worried that Tande had sustained even greater injuries, but this week the good news has come in a row after the ski jumper woke up from a coma: Everything indicates that Tande will incredibly not get permanent injuries after the fall, and the sports director even thinks he can get back to the ski jump soon.
Until today, NRK has been waiting to publish a video of the entire fall, until the extent of Tande’s injuries was known. We warn against strong images.
Now NRK’s jumping experts Anders Jacobsen and Johan Remen Evensen go step by step through how and why Tande fell:
1. From the boom to the jump edge
In the first part of the jump, everything goes as it should. Tande reaches a speed of 102.6 kilometers per hour as he reaches the jumping edge. Up to here, there is no drama to be traced, but the speed is high and that helps to mark the fall.
2. The jumping edge and out into the air
On the jumping edge, Tande hits well, and the jump seems to be undramatic and good.
– He takes charge as normal. Alex (Stöckl), says that it is a good jump, and we completely agree with that. It is a good boost, he has good progress and he has good energy, says Jacobsen.
3. Teeth meet the skis
It is in this step that it begins to become dramatic for Tande. The Norwegian meets the skis as usual. To “meet” the skis means that he goes from a standing position on the skis, to lying between them in the air.
– What happens here is that you want flat skis to create as much lift as possible.
– As we see, he meets his skis, but he feels there is too much resistance, says Jacobsen.
The “resistance” that Tande experiences is normal. The “resistance” is the air pressure under the skis.
This pressure makes it difficult to maintain the speed as well as get “over” the skis and in the soaring position for the rest of the ski jump.
– It is a kind of trick to get over the skis and it is to angle them to take away some of the pressure, says Remen Evensen.
And this is where Tande makes a critical mistake.
4. Teeth angle the skis
To get out of the hovering position as quickly as possible, Tande wants to reduce the air resistance, so he angles his skis. In this way, the air does not hit the entire surface / underside of the ski, but will “slip” off when the skis are angled. Then much of the resistance disappears.
– You push the skis away from you to reduce resistance – to maintain speed. But here Daniel is probably a little too hard simply. He pushes the skis a little too far out, Jacobsen explains.
5. The air hits the skis
Teeth angle the skis, but angle the left ski too much.
– Here comes the air pressure, it hits the top of the ski and pulls the ski down. There is so much speed and so much power here that there is no solution here, says Jacobsen.
When the air presses on the top of the ski, the pressure will be so great that Tande is unable to hold back. Since Tande is strapped to the ski, he is dragged all the way down and to the left.
– At 100 kilometers per hour, there is extremely much pressure. And you have no chance to hold back. The only way is to walk around, Jacobsen explains.
6. Teeth lose balance
In this part of the jump, the accident is out. Tande has no opportunity to recover and must prepare to not land on his feet.
He is in complete imbalance, but decides to go into a kind of “guard”. He uses his hands and arms to protect his upper body and head as best he can.
Teeth land with the upper body first down into the ground on the ball. He is in guard first, but the bang is so big that he can not keep the guard down the hill. He faints and the skis release. Tooth slides down the rest of the ground.
From the time the Norwegian fell until he was at the University Hospital in Ljubjana, it took 59 minutes, according to sports director Clas Brede Bråthen. Both he and his family have praised the work the medical staff has done for Tande.
On Good Friday, he was sent home to Norway, where he is scheduled to start training again soon.
– That we are there now that we can think about how he will return as an athlete, is a little incredible. It says something about the fact that we have practitioners who deal with extreme situations. It says a bit about how far our sport has come with safety equipment and preparation, and not least it says a lot about the health service in Slovenia, says sports manager Clas Brede Bråthen.
– I think Daniel can become the world’s best ski jumper again, he adds.
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