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Albrecht intent on ski comeback

Swiss skier Daniel Albrecht has left hospital after a three-month recovery from a life-threatening crash, vowing to return to the sport within two years.

The 25-year-old lost control and flew through the air for about 50 metres during training for a World Cup downhill race in Austria on January 22. He landed badly on his back and suffered bleeding on the brain and a lung contusion.

He was speaking to the media on Wednesday in Bern for the first time since the crash before returning to his home in canton Valais.

“I have reverted to the position of a junior who is starting at zero and going to try to break into the circuit. I want to become a professional skier again. But it is too early to say if I will succeed,” he said, ten kilograms lighter and wearing a T-shirt with the words “never give up”.

He added that he had no recollection of the accident, and that it had “felt strange” to watch a video replay of the crash.

Albrecht was the reigning super-combined world champion and had two giant slalom wins in the 2009 season before the crash.

swissinfo with agencies

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