Altenberg (RWH) Ivo Ferriani, President of the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation FIBT (Fédération Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing) flew to Germany immediately after the Canadian four-man bobsleigh driven by Chris Spring crashed during training (Thursday, 5 January) to find out just how the accident had happened.
Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton reports that pilot Chris Spring sustained a broken nose, lacerations and bruising in the crash. Bill Thomas suffered from bruised lungs and minor trauma. Both athletes are in Dresden University Hospital for treatment. Graeme Rinholm is in the local Pirna hospital with a broken fibula, and lacerations to his upper legs, buttocks and underlying musculature. The fourth man in the bobsleigh, Tim Randall, sustained minor injuries, but was not seriously hurt in the accident.
“Chris and his crew are world-class calibre athletes and their results to date are reflective of that,” stated Don Wilson, CEO of Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton. Chris Spring has won the Americas Cup several times over, was in the top ten in the three four-man bobsleigh World Cup races held so far this season, and came sixth in the two-seater in La Plagne.
“We at FIBT would like to wish Chris Spring, Bill Thomas, Graeme Rinholm and Tim Randall all the best”, said FIBT president Ferriani. “We hope that these young athletes make a swift recovery, and are soon well enough to compete again.”