Snowboarder who broke neck at Olympics already considering comeback

Austrian snowboarder Markus Schairer is one week removed from a scary, upside-down crash at the 2018 Winter Olympics. He’s one week removed from breaking his neck. He’s one week removed from not being able to walk.

He’s one week removed from this:

And yet before the Winter Games have even concluded, he’s already talking about a comeback.

Not to the 2018 Olympics, of course. Schairer underwent surgery back in Austria on Monday after fracturing the fifth vertebra in his neck. He’ll apparently need around three months to recover. But that leaves plenty of time for the 30-year-old to get back into the sport once he’s healthy again.

On Friday, he said he was “glad and thankful that everything went well” with the surgery. He also couldn’t resist considering a comeback. His logic? “It’s the easiest way to get healthy again,” he said of a return to snowboarding.

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PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 14: Yuto Totsuka of Japan crashes during the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Final on day five of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Phoenix Snow Park on February 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 14: Yuto Totsuka of Japan crashes during the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Final on day five of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Phoenix Snow Park on February 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Short Track Speed Skating Events ? Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Men?s 1000m Competition ? Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea ? February 13, 2018 - Roberto Pukitis of Latvia, J.R. Celski of the U.S. and Pavel Sitnikov, Olympic athlete from Russia, react after crashing. REUTERS/John Sibley
Alpine Skiing ? Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Men?s Alpine Combined ? Jeongseon Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea ? February 13, 2018 - Matthias Mayer of Austria crashes during the Men's Slalom part of the Men's Alpine Combined. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini SEARCH "OLYMPICS BEST" FOR ALL PICTURES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.
Alpine Skiing ? Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Men?s Alpine Combined ? Jeongseon Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea ? February 13, 2018 - Pavel Trikichev, an Olympic Athlete from Russia, is seen in the net after crashing during the Men's Downhill part of the Men's Alpine Combined. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Figure Skating ? Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Team Event Pair Free Skating ? Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea ? February 11, 2018 - Miu Suzaki falls as she and her partner Ryuichi Kihara of Japan compete. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Halfpipe Finals - Phoenix Snow Park - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 13, 2018 - Emily Arthur of Australia crashes while competing. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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Cross-Country Skiing ? Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Men?s 15km + 15km Skiathlon ? Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing Centre ? Pyeongchang, South Korea ? February 11, 2018 - Denis Spitsov, an Olympic athlete from Russia, Andrey Larkov, an Olympic athlete from Russia, and Simen Hegstad Krueger of Norway crash. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 10: Charlotte Gilmartin of Great Britain and Petra Jaszapati of Hungary crash during the Ladies� 500m Short Track Speed Skating qualifying on day one of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 10, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Figure Skating ? Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Team Event Men's Single Skating Free Skating competition final ? Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea ? February 12, 2018 - Mikhail Kolyada, an Olympic athlete from Russia, falls. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 13: Elise Christie of Great Britain crashes during the Ladies' 500m Short Track Speed Skating final on day four of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 13, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Canada's Patrick Chan falls while competing in the figure skating team event men's single skating free skating during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 12: Sho Endo of Japan crashes in the Freestyle Skiing Men's Moguls Final on day three of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on February 12, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 12: 't Klaudia Medlova #26 of Slovakia crash lands during the Women's Slopestyle Snowboard competition at Phoenix Snow Park on February 12, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
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Schairer did clarify, though, that it’s “way too early to take that decision now.”

On Friday, he also shared an X-ray of his neck, with a “new jewel” in it:

“I know that hard times are coming,” Schairer wrote. “But I’m ready.”

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