Russian freestyle skier suffers broken spine in training


Russian officials said that Komissarova underwent succesful surgery that lasted 6 1/2 hours, according to the Associated Press. 


Russian skicross racer Maria Komissarova suffered a broken spine from a training accident on Saturday and was immediately rushed to the hospital to undergo surgery, the Associated Press reported.  

She sustained the injury while training Saturday at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park and was taken to Krasnaya Polyana Hospital, which was built specifically for Olympic injuries. 

“Maria Komissarova received a serious injury today during training,” the Russian Freestyle Federation said in a statement. “She was urgently taken to the hospital.” 

“Doctors carried out the necessary examination and took the decision to operate on her on the spot.” 

Per Federation spokesman Mikhail Verzhba: “The operation is taking place as we speak. Difficult operations take time, and it certainly will not finish in the next two to three hours. I do not want to make any conclusions concerning Maria’s career, until the operation is completed.” 

The 23-year-old was training on the 1,200m skicross course, which features “turns, gap jumps, drops and flat sections,” according to Reuters. 

Her accident reportedly had nothing to do with the unseasonably warm temperatures in Sochi, which have contributed to slushy conditions for both freestyle skiers and snowboarders. 

While a few athletes have sustained broken ribs or concussions a week into the Games, Komissarova’s injury is the most serious thus far. 

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