February 18

Injured Olympic skier has surgery in Germany

Russian freestyle skier Maria Komissarova fractured her spine during a training session Saturday.

The Associated Press

SOCHI, Russia – The Russian freestyle ski federation says Olympic athlete Maria Komissarova has undergone another surgery in Germany on her fractured spine.

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In this photo provided by RIA Novosti Kremlin, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, speaks to skier Maria Komissarova in a hospital in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. The 23-year-old Russian ski cross racer fractured her spine during a training session Saturday and underwent a 6 hour surgery.

The Associated Press

Komissarova had immediate surgery at a hospital in Krasnaya Polyana following Saturday’s skicross accident and was airlifted to Germany the next day. The surgery in Germany was on Monday, and doctors say the Russian’s condition is grave but stable.

State sports bodies and the federation paid for Komissarova’s transfer to Germany and her initial treatment there, but the federation says the skier’s recovery may take a long time and extra money will be needed.

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