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.

Russian officials: Surgery successful on injured skicross racer

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The Associated Press has relayed word from Russian officials that skicross competitor Maria Komissarova has undergone a successful six-and-a-half hour surgery on her back.

The Russian team’s head of press, Mikhail Verzhba, later confirmed her injury as a fracture to the 12th dorsal vertebrae in her lower back.

She received emergency surgery at a hospital near Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, where the injury took place. Multiple outlets, including R-Sport, first reported about the incident this morning.

IOC president Thomas Bach has sent his best wishes to Komissarova and also said that he understood that there were no issues with the conditions on the skicross course.

“The first information is that it was nothing to do with the infrastructure, the snow conditions,” he said according to Reuters. “It was in a training session and this unfortunate incident happened.

“We will see how it goes, now our thoughts are with the athlete.”

Not expected to be a medal contender in skicross, Komissarova’s top finish in international competition is a runner-up result in a 2012 World Cup race at Grindelwald, Switzerland.

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