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2014 Winter Olympics: Russian skier Maria Komissarova breaks spine in training

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Russian officials have said that Olympic skicross racer Maria Komissarova has broken and dislocated her spine. The BBC reported on Feb. 15, 2014, that the injury happened while Komissarova was training at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi on Saturday, and she has had emergency surgery.

Early on Saturday, the 23-year-old Russian skier was practicing on the 1,200 meter course. It is a course that is known for its big jumps and very sharply banked turns.

SEE: 10 worst crashes, falls of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi so far

Jenny Wiedeke, International Ski Federation spokeswoman, says the accident happened on a series of jumps near the top of the course.

It appears as if Maria Komissarova fell as she was exiting the third jump and sustained the serious injury. She was taken by sled to the medical services tent and then brought on to a hospital near the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.

It was then that team doctor, Mirzali Samedov, said the skier has a broken and dislocated spine. The decision was made to operate there instead of bringing her down the mountain.

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