Injured Russian Olympic Skier Evacuated To Germany

Maria Komissarova

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The Russian freestyle federation says injured Olympic skicross racer Maria Komissarova has been airlifted to Germany for further treatment after surgery on her fractured spine.

The 23-year-old Komissarova crashed during a training run Saturday, fracturing the 12th dorsal vertebrae in her lower-middle back, and underwent emergency surgery lasting 6 ½ hours.

The sports federation issued a state late Sunday saying Komissarova “is being transferred today on a special air flight” to Munich, Germany, where she was likely to undergo further surgery.

Source: Associated Press