ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, February 15 (R-Sport) – Doctors have performed a successful 6 1/2-hour operation on a Russian freestyle skier who suffered a broken back in a training crash in the mountains above Sochi, the Russian Freestyle Federation spokesman told R-Sport on Saturday.
Skicross racer Maria Komissarova sustained the injury while training Saturday morning at the PSX Olympic skicross venue at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, the federation said.
She was rushed to Krasnaya Polyanskaya Hospital No. 8, where the 23-year-old was immediately operated. The diagnosis was a fractured and dislocated spine, officials said.
"The operation lasted 6 1/2 hours, and it was successful," Mikhail Vezhba, the federation's spokesman told R-Sport. "We'll know more about the details later."
A source close to the situation earlier told R-Sport that Komissarova's condition was too grave to transfer her to Moscow.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Putin had "decided to visit" Komissarova, who he said was already conscious.
Komissarova's best career result came with second place at a World Cup event in 2012, but she was not expected to be a medal contender in the women's ski cross competition Friday. The federation has not commented on the nature of the injury other than to say it is "serious" and that Komissarova is ruled out of competition.
So far in the February 7-23 Sochi Olympics, serious injuries have been rare. A track worker broke both legs when hit by a non-competition bobsled Thursday, and a Russian ski jumper broke two ribs in a training crash Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Canadian slopestyle skier Yuki Tsubota suffered a broken jaw when her own knee struck her in the face during a crash in the final of her competition.A source close to the situation earlier told R-Sport that Komissarova's condition was too grave to transfer her to Moscow.