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Ski Jumping

Ski jumper Mueller has surgery after test ski flying crash

Austrian ski jumper Lukas Mueller underwent surgery on his lower spine Wednesday, hours after crashing during test ski flying on the world championship hill.

An equipment problem caused Mueller to fall while landing a 120-meter jump in heavy snowfall. Initially he couldn't move his legs but his condition improved while receiving first aid, according to emergency doctor Ulf Karner.

"It's a very serious spine injury with yet unforeseeable consequences," Karner told the Austria Press Agency.

Mueller was taken to the university clinic in Graz by ambulance as an emergency helicopter couldn't fly because of fog.

The 23-year-old Mueller, who was the 2009...