More injuries on Extreme Park cross course
Two of the first six riders in Sunday's opening snowboard cross seeding run were taken away on stretchers after falling heavily, causing concern a day after Russian freestyle skier Maria Komissarova was seriously injured on the same course.
Komissarova underwent more than six hours of spinal surgery at Krasnaya Polyana Hospital Number 8 on Saturday after breaking her back in a crash during training for the women's ski cross at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.
The course for the snowboarding event has some different sections but many of the same jumps, twists and turns.
Image: Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) visits Russian Olympic skicross racer Maria Komissarova at a hospital in Sochi,
Photographs: Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin/Reuters
Olafsen turned 180 degrees before landing on her back and shoulder
Norwegian Helene Olafsen was the first rider out and after one jump turned 180 degrees before landing on her back and shoulder.
There was a lengthy delay as she was tended to on the course but she appeared to be conscious as she was stretchered off the slope.
"Helene has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee," Norway Olympic team doctor Ellen Moen said in a new release. She also has an injury to the ligament on the inside of the same knee, and a meniscus injury.
"She will most likely have to have an operation on the knee, but we cannot say anything more about it yet."
Image: Helene Olafsen of Norway during the Ladies' Snowboard Cross Seeding
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Jacqueline Hernandez smashed her head into snow
American Jacqueline Hernandez, who went out sixth, was the second faller, hitting the slope with a thud as she tried to land backwards and appearing to lose consciousness as she smashed her head into the snow.
Again there was a delay as she received medical treatment but she had also recovered consciousness before she was taken away on the stretcher.
The U.S. team later said Hernandez had been treated in the medical tent where they ascertained she had suffered a concussion. She was withdrawn from the competition.
Italy's Michela Moioli later ruptured a cruciate ligament in her knee after a fall in the final and will return home to undergo surgery, the Italian Olympic Committee said on their website.
Image: Jacqueline Hernandez of the U.S. lies on a stretcher after crashing during the women's snowboard cross qualification round
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