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Russian officials: Surgery successful on injured skicross racer

Russian freestyle skier Komissarova practices during a night training session for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the extreme park in Rosa Khutor

Russian freestyle skier Maria Komissarova practices during a night training session for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the extreme park in Rosa Khutor, Russia February 2, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SKIING)

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The Associated Press has relayed word from Russian officials that skicross competitor Maria Komissarova has undergone a successful six-and-a-half hour surgery on her back.

The Russian team’s head of press, Mikhail Verzhba, later confirmed her injury as a fracture to the 12th dorsal vertebrae in her lower back.

She received emergency surgery at a hospital near Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, where the injury took place. Multiple outlets, including R-Sport, first reported about the incident this morning.

IOC president Thomas Bach has sent his best wishes to Komissarova and also said that he understood that there were no issues with the conditions on the skicross course.

“The first information is that it was nothing to do with the infrastructure, the snow conditions,” he said according to Reuters. “It was in a training session and this unfortunate incident happened.

“We will see how it goes, now our thoughts are with the athlete.”

Not expected to be a medal contender in skicross, Komissarova’s top finish in international competition is a runner-up result in a 2012 World Cup race at Grindelwald, Switzerland.

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