“The pain was unbearable”
Hotshot Wiget wins ESAF wreath despite broken rib!
Not even a broken rib can stop Michael Wiget. The tough Bernese struggles to get his second ESAF wreath.
The fateful fight in 1st gear. Michael Wiget breaks two ribs in a duel with Nick Alpiger (above).
If there were a special prize for the wrestler who gritted the hardest at the ESAF, it would undoubtedly go to Michael Wiget (23). The Bernese Confederate breaks two ribs in first gear against Nick Alpiger. “The pain was unbearable.”
A reason to give up? Not for hotshot Wiget! “I received some injections that made the pain more bearable,” says the America fan, who looks back on very difficult weeks and months.
At last year’s Schwarzsee-Schwinget, the 1.96 meter giant tore a muscle in his thigh. When the Mittellander started training again, the next setback followed: a double lateral ligament tear in his foot was diagnosed. Pause again. Back to rehab.
Painful walk to the breakfast buffet
A few weeks ago, Wiget celebrated his competition comeback on the Bönzingenberg and swung to the top. However, he paid for his victory with a torn muscle fiber in his biceps.
The injury record grows and grows. Last Wednesday he also had the flu. “I’ve struggled with fate from time to time, but I don’t give up.”
Despite the little competition practice, the law student was selected for the ESAF. “Some people could not understand this, believed in a mistake.” In addition to his iron will, it was also the critics who persuaded him to continue despite a broken rib.
Although he could hardly walk to the breakfast buffet on Sunday morning, he continues to torment himself. After eight brutal courses it’s finally done: The ESAF wreath is completely finished in dry cloths and wiget. “It’s a tremendous feeling,” he says with tears in his eyes. What do the critics want to say now?