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Snowboarder hurt in Letterman stunt

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NEW YORK (CNN) -- A professional snowboarder was injured Thursday after falling 25 feet while performing a stunt outside the Ed Sullivan Theater in Manhattan where the "Late Show with David Letterman" is taped.

A New York Fire Department spokesman said Tara Dakides, 30, was taken to Bellevue Hospital Center just before 5 p.m. She was listed in stable condition.

Dakides "slid off the landing platform and fell to the pavement below" after a jump, said a statement from Rob Burnett, executive producer of the CBS show.

"As a result of the accident, the 'Late Show' will air a repeat episode tonight," the statement said. "We hope Tara makes a full and complete recovery and that she'll be back on the 'Late Show' soon."

According to, a site devoted to extreme sports, Dakides has been snowboarding since 1989 and competing in the sport since 1993.

Her career has been plagued with injuries. She missed most of the 2002 season due to a knee injury. The same knee was injured again later that same year.

"Whenever you have an injury it's a mental game to come back," Dakides is quoted by as saying about her injuries.

The Web site reported that Dakides has five gold medals from the X Games.

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