Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton Statement Regarding Bobsleigh Crash in Altenberg, Germany

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Chris Dornan

CALGARY—The Canada 2 bobsleigh driven by Chris Spring was involved in a serious incident during four-man training in Altenberg, Germany on Thursday evening.

The27-year-old Spring, of Calgary, hit the head wall after sliding late into corner 16, forcing him to hit the bottom barrier of the track, which in turn shot him out against the exit wall.

Spring and his crew of Graeme Rinholm, of Saskatoon, Bill Thomas, of Queensville, Ont., and Toronto’s Tim Randall were treated immediately by medical crews on-site.

Spring was taken immediately to hospital in Dresden where he is in stable condition with ribs and leg injuries sustained in the crash. Thomas and Rinholm were also taken to hospital later by Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton’s staff in Altenberg. Back and rib injuries to the athletes were ruled out, but will remain in hospital overnight continued observations of bruising and trauma. Tim Randall was not seriously hurt in the incident.

“This an extremely unfortunate incident that we are taking very seriously,” said Don Wilson, chief executive officer, Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton. “Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton has a very talented staff on-site in Altenberg who are at the injured athlete’s side, and fully focused on their recovery.”

Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton will update the condition of the athletes as updates becomeavailable.

Bobsleigh CANADA Skeleton is a non-profit organization and the national governing body for the sports of bobsleigh and skeleton in Canada. With the support of its valued corporate partners – VISA, Dow Chemical, Adidas, KBC Helmets, Eurotech – Viking Engineering, SAIT Polytechnic, Therapeutica – along with the Government of Canada, Canadian Olympic Committee and Own the Podium, Bobsleigh CANADA Skeleton develops Olympic and world champions. Please visit us at www.bobsleighcanadaskeleton.ca.

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