MOSCOW, February 16. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has wished the soonest recovery to Russian freestyle skier Maria Komissarova who had been seriously injured during a training session at the Sochi Olympics on Saturday.
“Millions of Russian fans are sincerely sympathizing with you and hope that medics will do their utmost to restore your health so that you could do sport again,” Medvedev said in a telegram posted on the official website of the Russian government. “You are a strong person and I am sure you will finally cope with this difficult situation thanks to your Olympic character, persistence and tenacity.”
Komissarova was scheduled to compete in ski cross events on February 21 and 22 but fell during her training on Saturday and was rushed to the Olympic hospital for surgery, whereby doctors confirmed the preliminary diagnosis of fracture and displacement of a thoracic intervertebral disc. The surgery continued for six and a half hours. The doctors repaired the fractured disc and put in a metal implant.
On the same day, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Komissarova in hospital.