Maria Komissarova

Russian officials say injured skicross racer may be evacuated from Sochi

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After undergoing six-and-a-half hour surgery yesterday, skicross racer Maria Komissarova may be airlifted out of Sochi to another hospital for further treatment according to Russian officials.

Komissarova sustained a fracture of the 12th dorsal vertebrae in her lower back during a training accident yesterday.

She was promptly taken to a nearby hospital for emergency surgery, which has been deemed successful.

A metal implant was placed in Komissarova’s spine as part of the surgery according to Russia’s freestyle skiing federation.

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The team’s head of press, Mikhail Verzhba, said that doctors would determine whether Komissarova will indeed go to another clinic but noted a charter plane has been arranged for transport, just in case.

“Logistically, we have been totally prepared,” he said.

Russian president Vladimir Putin visited Komissarova in the hospital yesterday. As for her condition, Verzhba called it “grave but stable.”

“It’s considered satisfactory taking into account the gravity of the trauma,” Verzhba added.

Equestrian horses begin boarding airplanes for Rio Olympics

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The first group of horses set to compete in the Rio Olympic equestrian events boarded a Boeing 777-F and departed from London’s Stansted Airport on Friday.

In all, 34 horses from 10 nations were part of the first of nine shipments delivering more than 200 horses to Rio. That’s nearly 20 tons of horses on Friday’s shipment alone.

Horses will also depart from Liege, Belgium, and Miami ahead of the Olympic competition.

More information on horse travel to Rio is available here from the International Equestrian Federation.

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Entire Russian weightlifting team banned from Olympics

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BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The International Weightlifting Federation has banned the Russian federation and all its weightlifters from the Rio Olympics.

The IWF said Friday the multiple cases of doping by Russian weightlifters have “seriously damaged” the integrity of the sport. The eight Russian Olympic spots have been offered to other countries.

The IWF said the doping results produced by Russian weightlifters are “extremely shocking and disappointing.”

Russia, China, North Korea and Kazakhstan are the world’s top four weightlifting nations.

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