Little went right for Boises Erik Fisher after he made the U.S. Olympic team as a downhill skier in 2010.
A broken wrist prevented him from racing in Vancouver.
A torn anterior cruciate ligament ended his 2011-12 season early.
Complications from that surgery led to another surgery the fourth on his left knee and cost him the entire 2012-13 season.
Still, he has returned to the Olympics and hopes to compete Sunday in the mens downhill. Hes one of six American downhillers on the Olympic team; only four get to race.
It ended up being coaches discretion for my spot (on the team), so it was the coaches seeing that I can do well and believing in me, Fisher said.
Fisher returned to the World Cup circuit Nov. 30 his first race at that level since March 3, 2012.
In five downhill starts this season, he has finished a high of 13th and low of 37th. He also competes in the super-G (season best: 28th), but he didnt make the Olympic lineup in that event.
Its kind of been building just baby steps, working back and getting back into the World Cup downhill-racing scene, said Fisher, an Eagle High graduate. Its a pretty brutal circuit, so you dont want to just jump in full force right away. Im trying to build and hopefully peak at the Olympics.
Whether Fisher races in the Olympics will be determined during the teams training runs at the course in the mountains outside Sochi.
He was in the same position four years ago but this time hes healthy.
Fisher was injured in a training run shortly before the 2010 Olympics. He couldnt ski with the cast, so he cut it off early. The intense pain prevented him from skiing at an elite level.
I think he thought, I dont care how much pain Im in, this is the Olympics and I can do it, said his mom, Shelly Fisher. But in reality it wasnt possible. He did try and he got part of a training run done, but he actually said he was dry heaving on the course because he was in so much pain. Thats just not safe when youre going 80 miles an hour.
I think it was disappointing. Ski racing inherently is a disappointing sport and so they get pretty used to it. If youre really sensitive and cant handle failure, then thats not the sport for you.
For Fisher, the Olympics arent everything in our sport. He moved on quickly to other goals.
But he also knows the importance of the Olympics to everyone else and he wants a chance to race. The disappointment of 2010 helped push him through all of the setbacks since.
It definitely fed the fire, he said.
For how much longer that fire will burn, he is unsure. He plans to compete for at least one more season to race in the 2015 world championships in Colorado.
Beyond that, the 28-year-old hasnt made a decision.
Ive been thinking about that a lot, he said. I love what I do. I dont heal as fast, and I dont crash and get up as easy, as I used to, for sure. But its OK. I can still go out and ski fast and thats whats important right now.
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