Injured Russian skier flown to Germany

Sun Feb 16, 2014 12:47pm EST
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By Timothy Heritage

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Russian skicross racer Maria Komissarova was flown to Germany on Sunday for further treatment after breaking her back during training at the Winter Olympics and undergoing surgery.

Russia's Freestyle Ski Federation said a special flight had been laid on to enable the 23-year-old to be treated at a specialist clinic in Munich, where Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said she would have a second operation.

The federation said her condition was serious but stable after a more than six-hour operation on Saturday to attach a metal implant to her spine.

"We are trying to make everything okay," Mutko told Russian news agency RIA by telephone.

Dismissing questions about the costs, he said: "Don't worry about that. There are no problems here. Nobody will abandon Masha."

Komissarova suffered the injury during training on Saturday at the Olympic skicross venue at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park in the mountains above Sochi.

She was taken to a nearby hospital that was specially built for the Olympics, where she underwent surgery.

Several more skiers and snowboarders suffered less serious injuries during falls in races and training on Sunday.   Continued...

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) visits Russian Olympic skicross racer Maria Komissarova at a hospital in Sochi, February 15, 2014. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin