Mateusz Sochowicz is a Polish luger. In early November 2021, he sustained injuries while training near Beijing in preparation for the 2022 Winter Olympics. Sochowicz escaped what could have been a catastrophic injury at the Yanqing National Sliding Center back in November, when he crashed into a metal gate that was inexplicably blocking the track during a training run. His left kneecap was fractured, his right leg was cut to the bone, and he was probably fortunate that his injuries were not significantly worse.

“I have proved to myself that nothing is impossible,” Sochowicz said.

Not even three months later, he is back at the same track, set to compete in the men’s luge event that starts today, the first official sliding competition of the Beijing Games. He is, however, one of the favorites among his peers, simply because of what he is gone through. “He’s amazing,” USA Luge’s Chris Mazdzer said.

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