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Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics: Games Track Worker Struck by Bobsled

by Frank Doyle on February 13, 2014

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A strange turn of events has left one worker at the Sochi Winter Olympics injured after he was struck by a forerunning bobsled before training runs for the two-man bobsled event.

The worker was taken from the Sanki Sliding Cente to hospital by ambulance and his condition has not yet been released. However, his injuries are not expected to be life-threatening at this point, according to International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach.

“We still do not know why he was in this zone and exactly what happened,” Bach told the Associated Press. “The information we have so far is that he has a broken leg and maybe a concussion. We are following up on this matter. ”

Apparently a crew was working to repair a light fixture above the track near the braking section of the run, but it’s unknown why the worker was on the track at the time of the incident. Forerunning sleds are used to test the course ahead of competitions. The training runs resumed after a 35-minute delay.

More details to come as they become available.

UPDATE:

- IOC spokesman Mark Adams tells the Associated press that the worker has two broken legs but is conscious and speaking.

- The unidentified worker was taken from ambulance to a helicopter, which transported him to hospital.

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