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Stoch, Russian jumper injured in training falls

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 12, 2014 at 3:56 pm •  Published: February 12, 2014
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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Gold medalist Kamil Stoch of Poland and Russian ski jumper Mikhail Maksimochkin were injured after crashing during landings Wednesday night while training for the individual large hill event at the Sochi Olympics.

Stoch, who won gold in the normal hill event on Sunday, was the last jumper of the night when he fell after missing his landing. He was attended to by medical staff and suffered a bloodied nose but walked off the hill after having a brace put onto his left arm.

"He's going to the village with a doctor, but he's OK," Poland coach Lukasz Krusek said.

Paramedics earlier immobilized Maksimochkin with a neck and back brace and strapped him down on a stretcher before taking him away. The Russian was taken from the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center in an ambulance escorted by a police car.

On its website, governing body FIS said Maksimochkin had not suffered any serious injuries, but would remain in hospital overnight.

After the accident, Maksimochkin attempted to stand up, his skis separated by at least 10 meters. He then collapsed on the icy landing area, and medical officials rushed to his aid.

The incident came after high winds delayed the start of the first round of training and forced the cancellation of a third round.

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