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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, February 18, 2010

Winter Olympics: Australian bobsledder hospitalized after crash

AP Sports Writer

WHISTLER, British Columbia — An Australian bobsled pusher was hospitalized late Wednesday night following a crash on the first night of training for the Olympic two-man competition.

Duncan Harvey was conscious and not believed to have sustained serious injuries, according to an Australian statement distributed through press support staff at the track. A media official at the sliding facility said Harvey was taken for evaluation as a precaution to a hospital inside the Olympic athletes’ village in Whistler.
Calls and e-mails to Australian team personnel seeking an update on Harvey’s condition were not immediately returned.
Harvey and pilot Chris Spring were among at least seven sleds to crash during Wednesday’s training session. Spring suffered a cut lip.
Competition in two-man bobsled begins Saturday.
The crash occurred on the same track where Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili died last Friday when he lost control of his sled and slammed into a trackside steel pole at nearly 145 kmh (90 mph).
This is Harvey’s first Olympics, and he has said it completes a childhood ambition. The 29-year-old is in his third season as a member of the Australian team, after switching over from several years as one of the nation’s top 110-meter hurdlers.