It is amazing the difference 24 hours can make.
I saw her on the news on Sunday night and she was devestated after being told she was out for 4 months :eek: and her Olympic chances gone. Last night they showed her throwing her crutches away and limping from hospital after keyhole surgery and claiming a 60% chance of competing.
Jana back on track for gold
JANA Pittman took another giant stride towards fulfilling her Olympic dream yesterday when a surgeon gave her the thumbs up after a post-operation check on her injured knee.
Pittman described the turnaround in her fortunes as a miracle.
“It’s been an amazing ride, and I am still coming to terms with it,” said the world champion hurdler.
"I am just so lucky because I thought it was over. But I’m back in the game now and I have to do everything to get on that starting line.
"I just want to run. This is all I have dreamed of, getting to the Olympics and wearing the green and gold.
“It honestly feels like I have packed six weeks into two days. I am catching myself having a giggle just out of the blue when I start thinking about what has happened.”
Pittman’s Olympic resurrection will involve spending the next three days lying in bed meditating, with her repaired knee elevated and in ice.
After a whirlwind 24 hours, in which arthroscopic surgery boosted her chances of running in Athens from virtually zero to 60 per cent, Pittman admitted she was still spinning. Her confidence was boosted by a positive post-op check-up with surgeon Fares Haddad.
“I am healing so quickly, the swelling has already gone down,” Pittman said. "The knee is much more stable and I have already had really, really good movement.
“He is still really, really positive, but the key thing is now to get rid of the inflammation, because the one thing that is going to stop me from going to the Olympics is if it gets inflamed.”
Pittman iced the knee four times during the night and is taking a combination of herbal remedies recommended by her mentor Debbie Flintoff-King.
She also must inject herself with anti-inflammatory drugs.
Pittman meditated for 2 1/2 hours after Sunday’s operation, and yesterday had an extensive healing massage before flying to the Australian team camp in Varese, Italy, where she will spend the next few days.
With the opening round of the 400m hurdles heats in 11 days, she hopes to be jogging by the weekend.
“It is already like a miracle, and I really believe it has got to be all the positive energy that is being directed from everyone back home saying their prayers and sending good vibes,” she said.
“The next week is going to be really hard but I have to just stay really positive.”
Pittman has spoken to coach Phil King about changing her stride pattern in the opening rounds to help keep pressure off the injured right knee.
Her phone has run hot with messages from well-wishers back home.
She received a special boost from a short conversation with world champion skier Alisha Camplin.
“She suffered a similar injury two weeks out from the Games and came out and won. Everyone is being so positive, it is just awesome,” Pittman said.