Posted February 13, 2014

Olympic worker struck by bobsled breaks both legs, may have concussion

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The worker was struck just before the start of Thursday's two-man bobsled training session. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

The worker was struck just before the start of Thursday’s two-man bobsled training session. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

An Olympic track worker struck Thursday by a bobsled has broken both legs and may also have a concussion, according to an Associated Press report that cites information from IOC President Thomas Bach.

The collision at Sochi’s Sanki Sliding Center with the forerunning sled – which is used to assess track conditions and ensure the facility is safe for racing – happened just before the start of two-man bobsled training. The injured man, whose identity was not revealed, was airlifted by helicopter to a local hospital. IOC spokesman Mark Adams said the man is conscious and talking as doctors determine whether he also suffered a concussion from the incident.

In 2005, U.S. skeleton racer Noelle Pikus-Pace shattered her leg and missed the 2006 Olympics in Turin because she was hit by a bobsled on the outrun of a track in Canada.

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