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SBD Global/February 18, 2014/Olympics

Sochi Organizers Deny Warm Weather Contributed To Injuries In First Week Of Games

After a spate of injuries over the last few days, Sochi Olympics organizers "have denied that the alpine conditions caused by warm weather in the first week of the Games were to blame," according to Nick Miller of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. In the worst injury of the Games, Russian freestyle skier Maria Komissarova "fractured her spine in training on Saturday." Then on Sunday, "two of the first riders in the snowboard cross seeding run were taken away on stretchers." IOC spokesperson Mark Adams said that "the health and safety of athletes was their number one priority, but he did not believe there was a problem with the ski cross course." Adams said, "A lot of athletes are saying it's a great course. Many said it was the best course they have ever been on." The IOC "was monitoring injuries" but there did not seem to be any difference from Vancouver. Adams: "Snow sports are not without their risks. But we don't see any difference between this Games and the last one" (SMH, 2/17).

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