SOCHI, February 15 (R-Sport) – A Russian skicross racer who broke her back in a training crash in the mountains above Sochi on Saturday was admitted to hospital conscious and in unbearable pain, a source told R-Sport.
Maria Komissarova, 23, sustained the injury while training at the PSX Olympic skicross venue at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, the Russian Freestyle Federation said earlier.
Doctors wanted to transport her to Moscow but the severity of the injury required immediate surgery, the federation said. The source told R-Sport that Komissarova was awake and experiencing extreme pain when brought into Krasnaya Polyanskaya Hospital No. 8.
The ongoing operation was made more difficult because the spine was dislocated, the source said. Consultations with a medical team in Moscow were held before surgery began, the source said. The hospital was built recently and features state-of-the-art facilities, the source added.
The 23-year-old 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.
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.