Russian skier Maria Komissarova remains paralyzed


Russian freestyle skier Maria Komissarova fractured her spine during a training run at the Sochi Olympics. (REUTERS/Mike Blake)

Russian Olympic skicross racer Maria Komissarova, who suffered a horrific crash at the Sochi Olympics, is confident that she will walk again despite not being able to feel the lower half of her body.

Komissarova posted a photo on her Instagram account Tuesday that included the following message:

“I don’t feel my body below my navel. But I am strong and I know that I’ll be able to stand on my legs again some day.”

The 23-year-old Komissarova underwent a 6½-hour operation on Feb. 15 at a Sochi hospital after fracturing her 12th dorsal vertebrae in her lower-middle back during a training run.

Following a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin after the surgery, a decision was made to fly her to Munich for further treatment.

Komissarova will remain in the Munich rehabilitation center for at least three months, a spokesman for the Russian freestyle ski federation told the Interfax news agency.

Kelyn Soong is a news aide and blogger and covers high school tennis for The Washington Post sports section.

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