Olympic champion Samkova suffers concussion in training fall

PRAGUE Tue Mar 11, 2014 11:29am EDT

Eva Samkova of the Czech Republic competes during the women's snowboard cross finals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 16, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Eva Samkova of the Czech Republic competes during the women's snowboard cross finals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 16, 2014.

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PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech Eva Samkova, the Olympic snowboarding cross champion at the Sochi Games, suffered a concussion as well as shoulder and ankle injuries after a crash in training in Switzerland on Tuesday, news agency CTK reported.

The Czech news agency said the 20-year-old was taken to hospital by helicopter after a fall before a World Cup race in Veysonnaz.

Coach Marek Jelinek said Samkova fell on a jump that had caused problems for a number of racers.

"It was nonsense, a stupid thing," CTK agency quoted him as saying. "Several other people got injured there."

He said Samkova "saw stars for 10 minutes" and suffered a painful ankle injury.

(Reporting by Jan Lopatka, editing by Justin Palmer)

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