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Russian ski jumper OK after training crash


A Russian team official says ski jumper Mikhail Maksimochkin was not seriously injured in a dramatic training crash on the large hill and was underdoing further examination by doctors.

Marina Kalinina of the Russian ski jumping and Nordic combined federation told The Associated Press that Maksimochkin was kept overnight in the hospital for observation. She says Masksimochkin should be well enough to return to the athletes village later Thursday but his further participation in the event is in question.

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