Vladimir Putin Visits Injured Olympic Skier Maria Komissarova in Hospital

Dan BrettContributor IIIFebruary 16, 2014

Russia president Vladimir Putin visits Maria Komissarova in hospital.
Russia president Vladimir Putin visits Maria Komissarova in hospital.Associated Press

Russian President Vladimir Putin took time to visit injured freestyle skier Maria Komissarova and has wished her a speedy recovery.

The 23-year-old Komissarova suffered a fractured vertebrae with a dislocation, according to the Russian Presidential Executive Office, and was taken to a hospital immediately after the training accident.

The skier then spent six-and-a-half hours in surgery, before being visited by President Putin, who was on hand to offer words of support to Komissarova after the operation while also calling her father to reassure him that the doctors would "do everything possible for her recovery."

A statement from the Russian camp, per BBC Sport, said:

Maria Komissarova received a serious injury today during training. She was urgently taken to hospital. Doctors carried out the necessary examination and took the decision to operate on her on the spot.

And even better news broke from an updated Russian statement this morning for Komissarova, who remains in a serious but stable condition, as Reuters reporter Timothy Heritage wrote, via Yahoo! Health: 

Everything will be done to treat her as effectively as possible and for her rapid recovery. Maria Komissarova's condition, as before, is serious but stable. But the night passed satisfactorily.

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach then moved to explain how the sport came with a level of risk, telling BBC Sport:

You will never be able to exclude every kind of risk - we feel very sorry for the athlete. We hope that the operation will be successful and that she will be back.

The athlete was set to take part in the women's ski cross on Friday but will now miss the remainder of the Winter Olympic Games without picking up a medal. Her health and recovery is obviously the most important thing at this time, but in her absence, fellow countrywomen like Anastasiia Chirtcova and Veronika Korsunova will be tasked with picking up medals.

Russia currently sits second in the medals table, with four golds, six silvers and five bronzes placing Komissarova's country just one medal behind the top-placed United States.

However, in freestyle skiing, Russia sits joint-fifth with one bronze medal as it is tied with Australia, with Canada and USA leading the table with six medals and five medals, respectively.