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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Maria Komissarova has broken spine

Associated Press

MUNICH -- Olympic skicross racer Maria Komissarova of Russia remains confident of walking again despite having no feeling in her legs.

Komissarova wrote on Instagram, "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 remains in a Munich rehabilitation center after breaking her spine at the Sochi Winter Games. She will remain there for at least three months, a spokesman for the Russian freestyle ski federation told the Interfax news agency.

Komissarova crashed during a training run Feb. 15, fracturing the 12th dorsal vertebra in her lower-middle back. She had surgery lasting 6½ hours at Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, a day before being airlifted to Germany for further treatment.