ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Alaskan snowboarder and Olympian Rosie Mancari is on the mend following a nasty accident during a February training run in South Korea.
"I'm feeling pretty good," Mancari said during a physical therapy session Monday. "I was mentally prepared for the worst."
Her PT facility has become a second home of sorts, where she works on slight movements - picking up marbles with her feet, for example - in order to strengthen the two Achilles' tendons she fully tore and had surgically repaired.
"My left foot couldn't do it at all," Mancari said. "I've been in PT since day one so I'm a lot more mobile.
"I thought I'd be in a wheelchair for a month," she said."But part of boardercross is injury - I don't know anyone who hasn't gotten hurt."
Mancari didn't get to race at the Olympic Games this year, but said she will be chasing after another run as soon as she's healed and gets the chance.
Plus, she still made it to Pyeongchang to represent Team USA. That's more than most of us can say.
"It was really surreal," she said. "Even while I was there after the Opening Ceremonies, I couldn't begin to process it.
"I didn't begin to until I was gone and all my friends were there," she continue. "Everyone's there for the same purpose and puts their differences aside to have a good time and do their best. It's really amazing."
As for her stellar spirit, Mancari said she wants to be a role model for others and hopes the mental fortitude will help get her to the World Cup next year.
"I definitely want to boardercross as long as my body will let me," Mancari said, "and obviously I'll listen to that the most, but as long as I am feeling good, I will plan on racing again."