Sven Kramer had an operation on his back on Tuesday morning. This was a relatively minor procedure, the recovery of which is estimated to take a few weeks.
In recent seasons, 35-year-old Kramer often suffered from physical discomfort on his (lower) back. Extensive research prompted the surgery, which took place less than a year before the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing.
“Normally, as an athlete, you prefer not to have surgery during the Olympic season,” explains Kramer. “In recent weeks I have done a lot of extra training work and thus built up a considerable buffer for the period of recovery. I look to the future with great confidence.”
Coach Jac Orie is also behind the operation of his pupil. “On the ice his body occasionally lets him down. All things considered, we dare to take this step, because we think there is a good chance that he will be able to perform better and, above all, more stable.”
Kramer will simply travel with Team Jumbo-Visma to the training camp in Collalbo, Italy on 23 May. This camp will be all about recovery for the multiple Olympic champion.