Russian freestyle skier broke back in crash

The Sports NetworkFebruary 15, 2014 

Sochi, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - A Russian skicross racer who broke her back in a training crash Saturday was in "serious but stable" condition after having surgery.

Maria Komissarova underwent a 6 1/2-hour procedure after suffering a fracture and dislocation of her T12 vertebra, the Freestyle Federation of Russia said.

During the operation, which took place after Komissarova, 23, was rushed from the venue to a hospital built for the Olympics, doctors fitted her with a metal implant.

Komissarova was in "serious but stable" condition and was conscious after the surgery, according to the ski federation, which said her full prognosis will not be known for "three or four days."

Komissarova was visited in the hospital by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who "wished her a speedy recovery," according to presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

The women's skicross event will take place next Friday without Komissarova, who had a World Cup season-best 16th-place finish in Italy in December.

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