CBC Sports - Thursday Feb. 13, 2014 08:24 ET

Bobsleigh track worker injured by forerunner sled at Sochi Olympics

Will have surgery, IOC president says

Bobsleigh track worker loaded into ambulance after being hit by sled
Emergency workers load a bobsleigh track worker into an ambulance after he was hit by a sled before training Thursday at the Sliding Center Sanki at the Sochi Olympics in Russia. (Charlie Riedel/Canadian Press)

A worker at the bobsleigh venue at the Sochi Olympics suffered two broken legs after he was hit by a sled while doing track maintenance Thursday.

The worker was one of three sent on to the track at the Sliding Centre Sanki before the first heat of training to repair a light. The workers were still on the track when a forerunner sled, which is manned, was sent down it to check track conditions before training began.

Two of the workers were able to get out of the way; the third was hit at the exit of curve 17, just before the finish line.

He was airlifted off the Alpika-Service Mountain, where the sliding centre is located.

"We are not sure yet how it happened," Thomas Bach, the head of the International Olympic Committee, told Reuters.

"He is to undergo surgery and we will, of course, continue to monitor his situation and wish him well," Bach said.

Forerunning sleds are used before training and competition sessions to assess track conditions and make sure the facility is safe for racing. 

Games organizers describe Sanki as having "state-of-the-art ice preparation technology" to ensure "optimum temperature control along the entire length of the track."

Its maximum speed is 135 kilometres per hour.

Training for the two-man bobsleigh event, to be held Sunday, was delayed 35 minutes.

With files from Reuters

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