WATCH:

Russian skier Maria Komissarova injured in Sochi says she has no feeling from waist down

Jay Busbee Yahoo Sports

Maria Komissarova, a Russian freestyle skier, was severely injured during a training accident in Sochi, and now has no feeling in her body from the waist down.

Komissarova, 23, crashed on Feb. 15 during a training run. She fractured the 12th dorsal vertebrae, located in her lower back. During emergency surgery that lasted more than six hours, a metal rod was implanted into her spine. At the time, doctors did not give a prognosis, but listed her condition as "grave but stable."

On Feb. 16, Komissarova was airlifted to Germany for further treatment, but not before she received a visit from Russian president Vladimir Putin, who wished her well.

With the passage of several days, it appears the prognosis is grim. "I do not feel my body lower than my belly button," Komissarova wrote in Russian on her Instagram account. "But I am strong and know that some day I will definitely be on my feet again."

Komissarova's accident occurred on the skicross course, at the end of a series of three jumps. While several other skiers were injured, course conditions were not blamed for the injuries.

"We are following athletes' health and safety very carefully," IOC spokesman Mike Adams said immediately after Komissarova's wreck. "We're monitoring it. I spoke to the people who are doing the monitoring, and this morning they told me they don't appear to have any difference from previous games."

There were several other injuries over the course of the Games, most notably a bobsled worker who broke both legs when he was standing in the track and was hit by a sled. But Komissarova's is by far the most severe.

"Even in these moments I continue to be happy," Komissarova wrote, "though it's very hard."

She thanked her boyfriend Alex Chaadayev (pictured together below) for his support and vowed someday to "be on my feet again."

Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Hockey
View Comments (796)
  • Tokyo Olympics plan hits roadblock over fish market's relocation

    Tokyo Olympics plan hits roadblock over fish market's relocation

    By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Tokyo won the 2020 Olympics on its reputation for efficiency, but a string of blunders has now been compounded by the city's new governor halting relocation of the world's largest fish market, jeopardizing a road … More »

    Reuters - 19 minutes ago
  • Obama welcomes relatives of 1936 African-American Olympians

    Obama welcomes relatives of 1936 African-American Olympians

    Relatives of Jesse Owens and America's 17 other black athletes from the 1936 Olympics were welcomed to the White House on Thursday by President Barack Obama for the acknowledgement they didn't receive along with their white counterparts 80 years … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 18 minutes ago
  • Obama celebrates 2016 Olympic athletes at White House

    Obama celebrates 2016 Olympic athletes at White House

    President Barack Obama welcomed the 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams to the White House on Thursday to celebrate their record-breaking run in Rio. Hundreds of Olympic athletes clad in red Nike track jackets squeezed into the East Room of the … More »

    Reuters - 4 hours ago
  • 1936 Olympians receive overdue recognition at White House

    1936 Olympians receive overdue recognition at White House

    Shortly after Jesse Owens returned home from his snubbing by Adolf Hitler at the 1936 Olympics, he and America's 17 other black Olympians found a less-than-welcoming reception from their own government, as well. On Thursday, relatives of those 1936 … More »

    AP - Sports - 9 hours ago
  • Jutanugarn leads by 1 stroke in Beijing

    Jutanugarn leads by 1 stroke in Beijing

    Ariya Jutanugarn birdied the final four holes for an 8-under 65 and a one-stroke lead over Brooke Henderson on Thursday in the Reignwood LPGA Classic. In position to take player of the year lead from idle Lydia Ko with a ninth-place finish or … More »

    AP - Sports - 10 hours ago