Olympic Skier Stable After Spine Surgery

Maria Komissarova's spinal cord wasn't damaged: coach

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 15, 2014 5:18 PM CST

(Newser) – After she broke her back, Olympic skier Maria Komissarova of Russia had "successful" surgery, a rep for the Russian Freestyle Federation tells RIA Novosti. Now, she is in stable condition, the Wall Street Journal reports. The good news is that the accident didn't damage her spinal cord, her coach says. Surgeons rebuilt one of Komissarova's vertebrae; she also received a metal implant, the Journal reports, noting that she was conscious following the accident. Now she's due for a hospital visit from Vladimir Putin, CNN reports. As for this year's Games, we won't be seeing her on the slopes.

This undated photo provided by the Russian freestyle federation shows Russian skicross racer Maria Komissarova at an unknown location. Russian officials said Komissarova broke and dislocated her spine during an Olympic training accident at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 and was taken...
This undated photo provided by the Russian freestyle federation shows Russian skicross racer Maria Komissarova at an unknown location. Russian officials said Komissarova broke and dislocated her spine...   (AP Photo/Russian freestyle federation)
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