Finally on the snow again

Lindsey Jacobellis is finally back on the snow and feeling like new after two ACL surgeries and extensive rehab. Courtesy of Lindsey Jacobellis

I’m back!

It’s been a long year and a half since I first injured my ACL and had to have surgery to repair it -- twice. But now I am finally back on the snow -- and it's been amazing!

I first got out there at a U.S. team snowboard camp in Mt. Hood, Ore., about a month ago. My coaches didn’t really care if I got onto the course -- they were just hoping I could ease into riding. But I was out there the very first day. It was awesome -- everything felt really solid, and we were all ecstatic. I also feel just as confident as ever, and ready to try any jump.

Having to start the whole process of training again was challenging, but I made the right decision by staying at the Olympic Training Center full time, even when I was unable to snowboard at all. I realized that staying in Park City, Utah, where I could live and breathe my Olympic dream was the only way it would be possible to come back and make a run for the Games in February.

I needed the extra motivation that came from being surrounded by other athletes, with all the support I could ever need: physical therapists, doctors, strength coaches, nutritionists and everybody checking in with me and monitoring me daily.

This last year was really the make or break line. I thought I’ll give it my all and try my hardest every day, but I knew it might not pan out. If I did everything I could and it still didn’t work out, that might just be the sign that I’m not supposed to be competing anymore.

Luckily, though, that wasn’t the case. When I got on that snow, I felt like new. I had really missed it, and I realized this is what I’m meant to be doing. It was just an injury -- a fluke -- not a sign that my career was over.

So I’m still taking it one step at a time toward my Olympic dream. I’m in the gym all the time, doing lots of plyometrics and agility work. My goal is to progress past where I was strength-wise before all this ACL business began. And of course, I want my knee to feel just as fluid as my other one -- like there was never anything wrong with it.

Racing is still too far off to think about, and I don’t even know when the first competition is. But I can say that being in Mt. Hood racing my teammates has really gotten my competitive juices flowing. I can’t wait!