Ioannou fell from balcony of third-floor apartment
ATHENS, Greece -- A member of the Greek Olympic judo team fell from the third-floor balcony of her apartment after an argument with her boyfriend, leaving her hospitalized in critical condition, authorities said.
Elli Ioannou, 20, was treated for multiple fractures to her head and body, said Yiannis Papadoyiannakis, the head of the Greek team. She underwent surgery and was placed in intensive care. The fall is under investigation.
"This incident cast a shadow over the very good climate of the Greek team," Papadoyiannakis said. "It has brought a sadness."
Ioannou, a competitor in the 78-kg-plus event, had been scheduled to move into the Olympic Village with the judo team on Wednesday.
"It is a miracle she is still alive. ... She is fighting for her life," said Ioannou's coach, Giorgos Bountakis, who visited her at the hospital.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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