If anyone knows how Sidney Crosby feels, it's Robbie Dixon.
The 26-year-old alpine skier from Whistler hasn't raced since Dec. 29, 2010, when he crashed during a downhill race in Italy, suffering a serious concussion that has kept him out of competition for almost a year. Mr. Dixon lost his balance on a turn, careened on his side down an icy pitch and slammed face-first into the netting.
Part of his recovery was doing as little as possible, a more traditional approach to therapy than Mr. Crosby's.
"You take away all your technology, no reading, no computers, no books. You spend time in a dark room," he recalled. "Really what you want to do is the least amount of stimulation for your brain. It's a tough one because you can't really do anything."
Mr. Dixon is excited to finally get back on the World Cup circuit and he'll have his chance this weekend in Lake Louise, Alta.. He's eager to see Mr. Crosby's return to the ice. But while Mr. Crosby has been hounded by fans and reporters, Mr. Dixon has had the benefit of a quiet recuperation.
"It's kind of ironic that my injury happened right around Sidney Crosby's, and to see him coming back right now is great," Mr. Dixon said. "It's really good because I'm sure he had a long, hard road there in recovery and with the media always pressing him. But it's really good to see him out and I'm stoked to be back as well."