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Canadian Skier Tsubota on Way Home After Sochi Slopestyle Crash

February 14, 2014

Canadian Skier Yuki Tsubota

Medics help Canadian skier Yuki Tsubota after she crashed at the Women's Freestyle slopestyle skiing final during the Sochi Winter Olympics yesterday. Photographer: Javier Soriano/AFP via Getty Images

Canadian skier Yuki Tsubota is on her way home after suffering a mild concussion and a fractured cheekbone in a Feb. 11 crash during the women’s slopestyle competition at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

The 20-year-old is “going to be assessed by specialists in Canada to see whether she needs surgery,” Sandy Wolofsky, a spokeswoman for the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association, said today in an e-mailed statement.

Tsubota landed on a flat part of the course coming off a jump, and her momentum carried her down the slope. She was surrounded by Olympic personnel before being taken away on a stretcher for treatment at the Russian resort.

The Pemberton, British Columbia resident finished sixth in the event, which was won by Canada’s Dara Howell, with Devin Logan of the U.S. second and Howell’s compatriot Kim Lamarre third.

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