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Olga Vilukhina to miss individual race

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Illness and a dramatic crash have affected two members of the host country's team.

Russian biathlete Olga Vilukhina is ill and will miss the women's 15-kilometer individual race Friday at the Sochi Olympics, the Russian biathlon union said Thursday.

Vilukhina won the host nation's only biathlon medal so far, taking silver in Sunday's 7.5K sprint. She finished runner-up to Anastasiya Kuzmina of Slovakia.

Vilukhina was seventh in the 10K pursuit two days later. The biathlon union said Thursday she was already weakened by a cold then.

She is competing in her first Olympics. She won bronze in the pursuit at the 2012 world championships and is ranked 11th in this season's overall World Cup standings.

Also on Thursday, a Russian team official says ski jumper Mikhail Maksimochkin suffered fractured ribs in a dramatic training crash on the large hill and was undergoing further examination by doctors.

Marina Kalinina of the Russian ski jumping and Nordic combined federation tells 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.

"Usually it takes a week to take off pain and from two to three weeks to heal the injury," Alexander Uvarov, president of the national ski jumping federation, told The Associated Press. "He has his ribs fractures. So far, there is no indication that he might continue to compete.

"But you know, athletes sometimes will insist to go on despite their injuries. It's up to him, his coach and doctors to make the final decision."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.