Australian teenage snowboard sensation Valentino Guseli is hopeful a broken wrist won't derail his plans to make his Winter Olympic debut in Beijing next February.
The 16-year-old record-setter had a heavy fall during training in Switzerland last week, snapping two bones in his forearm.
"Gotta pay to play! Things didn't go to plan on this back 12," Guseli wrote on his social media.
"Can't wait to be back on the snow in a few weeks. Back soon."
Guseli, from Dalmeny on the NSW far south coast, is doing his rehab at Red Bull's high performance centre in Salzburg, Austria after being signed as one of their athletes, joining the likes of fellow snowboard ace Scotty James and Olympic canoe champion Jessica Fox.
In 2020 he was sidelined for six weeks after a back injury, with crashes common in the high stakes sport.
Guseli is looking to get back into competition at Copper Mountain in the USA in early December as he mounts a challenge for an Olympic berth.
Australian team chef de mission Geoff Lipshut said the impact of COVID-19 on international snowboard competition schedules meant Guseli still needed some solid World Cup results to secure a spot.
"Unfortunately what happened during the pandemic was that some of the sports, they changed the qualification methodology system midway through," Lipshut told AAP.
"So they added another year of results - they were only going to count years three and four (of the Olympic cycle) which is all that's ever been counted with ski and snowboard.
"But some of them are counting year two and because of that, Val was ranked quite highly - he was number eight and now he's back to 23 so it's all changed around a bit."
Lipshut said he'd been in contact with Guseli and he was recovering well and on target for the first event of the season.
Previously unable to compete in senior competition because of his age, Guseli made a spectacular World Cup debut in January 2021 in Laax, Switzerland by qualifying for finals in first place.
Over-amping his run, he was unable to hold that position in the final, falling to eighth overall which was still an impressive result in his first outing.
Guseli was then unlucky to miss the 10-man final at the world championships in the USA in March, placing 11th, with three-time Olympian James winning silver.
He also took a record this year off three-time Olympic gold medallist, American legend Shaun White, who is gunning for his fifth Games.
Also in Laax, where he regularly trains, Guseli broke White's 11-year-old world record for the highest air out of the half-pipe, hitting 7.3 metres.
Australian Associated Press