Sochi 2014: IOC’s thoughts with Russian skier after serious spinal injury in crash

Sochi 2014: Russian freestyle skier Maria Komissarova suffers serious spinal injury in training mishap

By Owen Fulda
Nasty fall: Crashes common in skiing Photo: Universal Sports Network/YouTube

Russian skier Maria Komissarova has suffered a serious spinal injury in training and has been ruled out of competing at the Olympics, the Russian Freestyle Federation and news agency Interfax have said on Saturday.

Komissarova, 23, crashed during the first ski cross training session in the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park and was rushed to hospital in Krasnaya Polyana, where is being operated on today.

“Doctors conducted necessary examinations and decided to operate on the athlete immediately,” the federation said in a statement.

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said they would be doing their best to keep the world informed about Komissarova’s progress.

“We feel very sorry for the athlete. We are in contact with the hospital. What we know is that she is under surgery right now. We hope that the operation will be successful and that she will be back.

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

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

Komissarova became the first Russian woman to win a World Cup medal in ski cross when she finished second in the 2012 event at Grindelwald, Switzerland.

The Russian had only recently recovered from a serious leg injury sustained early last year to qualify for the Games and is ranked 33rd in the 2013-14 World Cup standings.

Samsung are a proud partner of Team GB and are supporting the Samsung Galaxy Team. To meet the team, see exclusive content and win amazing prizes, including once-in-a-lifetime winter sport training sessions with the Samsung Galaxy Team athletes, visit: www.samsung.com/uk/sochi2014

MORE:

OUR PICK: Discover the top 5 best fat burner supplements

MORE: Have your say on Facebook

MORE: The latest football news

MORE: The latest tennis news

Exclusive
The Sport Review
Paul Annacone talks Federer, Sampras, Murray and more as he launches Coaching for Life
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 25 footballers’ cars: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid players feature
The Sport Review
Top 20 Nigerian footballers in Premier League: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal player wages 2017: Do you know how much Xhaka, Ozil and Coquelin earn each week?
The Sport Review
Steven Gerrard sends message to Arsenal supporters about Alexandre Lacazette
The Sport Review
Jose Mourinho told Man United need two more ‘quality’ signings
The Sport Review
Jurgen Klopp gives latest update on Philippe Coutinho for Liverpool fans