Healing old wounds
AFTER blowing out a knee in a horrific accident in Mt Hotham’s backcountry in 2012 Drew Jolowicz didn’t know if he would ski again.
But after multiple surgeries and 18 months of rehab Jolowicz took to the slopes again and now two years later is one of Hotham’s ambassadors.
While images of Jolowicz skiing have been used by Hotham marketing in the past he is now officially one of the ‘faces of the mountain’, joining Olympians Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullen, Greta Small and Katya Crema as a resort ambassador.
“Growing up in Bright and skiing at Hotham all my life it’s nice to be given that tag and represent the mountain,” Jolowicz said.
“To be included alongside the other three ambassadors is pretty cool too, especially when I didn’t know if I would ski again after landing a jump awkwardly and blowing my knee to pieces in 2012.
“That was on the Drift Cliffs which is outside the resort boundaries and we were actually doing a photo shoot at the time.
“I ruptured my ACL, PCL, MCL and tore both meniscus’ and it was a bit of touch and go as to whether I was going to keep my leg for the first week or so.
“Luckily I had a brilliant surgeon reconstruct my entire knee and after four surgeries and 18 months of rehab I was cleared to ski again.”
After a tentative return to the slopes when the 2014 winter came around Jolowicz is now back in full flight doing what he loves albeit with a bit more caution.
“I tend to look for smoother lines and better snow nowadays,” he said.
“Skiing aggressively is still the goal, but I definitely place a greater emphasis on safety and being able to participate for years to come.
“Becoming a parent has also changed my mindset, knowing when to push it or tone it down is important.”
The 33-year-old who is a painter for nine months of the year began skiing when he was four and was a member of the Hotham Race Club before switching to freestyle skiing.