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Russian jumper fractures ribs in training accident

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 13, 2014 at 1:35 pm •  Published: February 13, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Mikhail Maksimochkin fractured two ribs in a dramatic training crash on the large hill at the Sochi Olympics and spent Wednesday night in hospital and won't attempt to qualify for the individual final.

Alexander Uvarov, president of the national ski jumping federation, said he visited Maksimochkin in hospital on Thursday morning to discuss options for rehabilitation.

"Usually it takes a week to take off pain and from two to three weeks to heal the injury," Uvarov told The Associated Press. "He has his ribs fractures. So far, there is no indication that he might continue to compete.

"But you know, athletes sometimes will insist to go on despite their injuries. It's up to him, his coach and doctors to make the final decision."

A statement on the FIS website said Maksimochkin was expected to be released from hospital on Friday and would not attempt to qualify for the individual large hill final on Saturday.

A decision on whether he competes for Russia in the team event on Monday will be made by the weekend.

Normal hill gold medal winner Kamil Stoch of Poland crashed during the same session Wednesday, leaving the hill with his left arm in a sling. He was not seriously injured and was expected to take part in the second set of training rounds on Thursday night.

Despite the accidents, an FIS official said through organizers that the facilities were safe, and they planned no changes to the setup for Thursday evening's training.

Paramedics immobilized Maksimochkin with a neck and back brace and strapped him to a stretcher before rushing him to the hospital following the accident on Wednesday. He attempted to stand up after falling, but collapsed on the icy landing area, and officials rushed to his aid.

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