The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics registered its first major athlete accident on Saturday … as a Russian skier fractured and dislocated her spine during a cross skiing training run.
23-year old ski cross racer Maria Komissarova has undergone a 6-and-a-half hour emergency surgery after she was rushed to a hospital close to Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.
According to the Russian Federation, ‘Maria Komissarova received a serious injury today during training. She was urgently taken to hospital. Doctors carried out the necessary examination and took the decision to operate on her on the spot.’
It’s unclear whether the operation was successful.
Ski cross – a race which involves competitors skiing downhill while navigating past obstacles and sharp bends – was added to the Winter Olympics in 2010. It is known to be one of skiing riskier events.
International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said in a statement, ‘You will never be able to exclude every kind of risk – we feel very sorry for the athlete. We hope that the operation will be successful and that she will be back.’