Olympic Skier Breaks Spine
Russia's Maria Komissarova is out of surgery
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2014 10:06 AM CST
Russian skicross racer Maria Komissarova.   (AP Photo/Russian freestyle federation)

(Newser) – A 23-year-old Russian skier broke her spine today during a training run for the Sochi Olympics, reports Ria Novosti. The good news is that Russian officials say Maria Komissarova's six-plus-hour surgery went well, reports AP, though no details about her prognosis were immediately available. Specifically, doctors say Komissarova "fractured the 12th dorsal vertebrae in her lower-middle back."

Komissarova is a "skicross" competitor, which the BBC describes "as a freestyle event in which skiers race down a mountain while negotiating big-air jumps and obstacles." It became an Olympic event in 2010. It's "a sport with a certain risk," says the president of the International Olympic Committee. "You will never be able to exclude any kind of risk." The AP says the course Komissarova was training on had nine banked turns and 25 jumps. She got injured amid a series of jumps near the top of the course.

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Feb 16, 2014 9:36 PM CST
Russians tried to keep women in the kitchen for their own safety. They were unsuccessful. You can break spine of the Russian but you can never break the Russian spirit!
Norman Johnson
Feb 16, 2014 7:48 AM CST
Ouch! I hope she ges better soon.Those downhill skiers are real daredevils with those high speeds and jumps.
Feb 15, 2014 8:11 PM CST
Poor girl, I hope she will recover and get back skiing. As long as her spinal cord didn't suffer any damage she should be fine after therapy.