March 11, 2014 / 3:38 PM / 4 years ago

Olympic champion Samkova suffers concussion in training fall

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech Eva Samkova, the Olympic snowboarding cross champion at the Sochi Games, suffered a concussion as well as shoulder and ankle injuries after a crash in training in Switzerland on Tuesday, news agency CTK reported.

Eva Samkova of the Czech Republic competes during the women's snowboard cross finals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 16, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The Czech news agency said the 20-year-old was taken to hospital by helicopter after a fall before a World Cup race in Veysonnaz.

Coach Marek Jelinek said Samkova fell on a jump that had caused problems for a number of racers.

“It was nonsense, a stupid thing,” CTK agency quoted him as saying. “Several other people got injured there.”

He said Samkova “saw stars for 10 minutes” and suffered a painful ankle injury.

Reporting by Jan Lopatka, editing by Justin Palmer

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