The 23-year-old sustained the injury while training at the PSX
Olympic skicross venue at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.
There were no immediate details of her injury, but the federation
said she would not compete at the ongoing Sochi Games.
Russian host news agency Ria Novosti quoted a source close to the
situation as saying the injury was a fracture of the spine with a
dislocation, that she could not be transported to Moscow, and that
an operation would be carried out at Krasnaya Polyana hospital.
Triple Olympic ski champion Jean-Claude Killy told Reuters: "It
happens... it can happen everywhere. I've been in this business for
many years, it happens. We are very sorry about it ... we hate
accidents at the Games."
Frenchman Killy, who also acted as the chairman of the IOC's
coordination commission for the Sochi Games, added: "I have been to
the hospital myself a couple of times, so I know it can happen.
"Spine injury is very serious, that's an accident that happened
because of a bad fall. We are sorry to hear about it."
The 1,200 meter skicross course at Extreme Park is a medium-pitch
slope which features cambered turns, gap jumps, drops and flat
The skiers race down the course in groups of four in a test of
speed, skill and aggression, with the first across the line the
"It's big, some big jumps," Slovenia's Filip Flisar said after
getting a first look at the course on Friday.
"It's cool. I think maybe they have to do some work on some of the
landings but it looks good."
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Komissarova's accident comes two days after a track worker at the
February 7-23 Olympics was struck by a bobsleigh, suffering two
The worker was hit by the "forerunner", which is sent down the track
ahead of the official competitors to check for safety.
Russian ski jumper Maksim Maksimochkin was taken away on a stretcher
on Wednesday night after crashing during practice on the large hill.
He spent the night in hospital and was diagnosed with two fractured
On the slopes, Liechtenstein's medal hope Tina Weirather missed the
downhill and super-G after suffering a heavy bruise when she fell in
downhill training on Sunday. She was not entered in the combined.
Slovenia's Rok Perko broke his nose in a fall in men's downhill
training, while French skier Brice Roger tore his anterior cruciate
ligaments in the same training session and is out for six months.
Canadian Marie-Michele Gagnon dislocated her shoulder after
straddling a gate in the super-combined on Monday. She returned for
the super-G today but skied out.
In figure skating, Jeremy Abbott slammed into the barriers after
falling on his opening jump. He lay grimacing in pain for almost a
minute but then finished his program.
Komissarova's crash, though, marks the first major athlete accident
of the Sochi Games.
Four years ago, a tragic pall hung over the last Winter Olympics in
Vancouver when Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili died in a crash
during a training run on the day of the opening ceremony.
(Additional reporting by Nick Mulvenney in Sochi and Alan Baldwin in
Rosa Khutor; editing by Peter Rutherford)
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