Last March in Beijing, Romy Tschopp (28) became the first Swiss woman to take part in the Paralympics as a snowboarder. The Basel bidder with the open back (spina bifina) and incomplete paraplegia leads our delegation at the opening ceremony and rolls into the stadium with the Swiss flag.
Two months after the career highlight in China, Tschopp has to accept a health setback: she is taken to the hospital with severe abdominal pain and undergoes a five-hour operation. The para-snowboarder from Sissach BL wrote on Instagram last week that the operation was very gentle and careful because of the many sources of infection.
Rapid recovery allows early rehabilitation start
But the winter sportswoman is not only fast on boardercross. Six days after the operation, Tschopp said happily to Blick: “I’m doing surprisingly well, I’ve never recovered so quickly. I can go to rehab on Thursday.”
In the hospital, she was even awarded a prize, and Tschopp was awarded the Baselland Cantonal Bank Prize for her steep career.
She had already spent many months of her life in the hospital because of her sore back. “I had a break from hospitals for two and a half years and enjoyed it every day.” In this carefree phase, Tschopp made her World Cup debut and immediately made her breakthrough, taking part in the 2022 World Cup final and in Beijing.
Now the Paralympic athlete hopes to be fit again soon after rehab to start building up for next winter!