The Russian freestyle skier who was hospitalised following an accident at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games says she has no feeling from the waist down.
Maria Komissarova, 23, was flown to Germany for treatment on a fractured spine following a crash in training for the ski cross event at Sochi 2014, by far the worst accident of the Winter Games.
She has undergone several operations in Russia and Germany after the accident but until now there had been no specific information about her condition.
However Komissarova revealed in a message on her Instagram account on Wednesday that she was currently paralysed from the waist down.
"I do not feel my body lower than my belly button," she wrote. "But I am strong and I know that some day I will definitely be on my feet again."
Komissarova posted a picture of herself lying down with her fiance Alexei Chaadayev, also a Russian skier, saying that she would not have stayed sane without his support.
While still hospitalised in Russia, Komissarova received a visit from President Vladimir Putin at her bedside.
It was soon after that visit that the decision was taken to evacuate the injured skier to a clinic in Munich, Germany, which has treated several high-profile Russian athletes in the past.
Ski-cross is one of the most frenetic and risky events of the Games, where several skiers race down a slope filled with jumps, obstacles and banked corners.