GB bobsleigher fractures spine in crash

Thu, 27 Oct 15:54:00 2011

Two members of the British women's bobsleigh team were injured in a crash in Germany, with one fracturing her back in the incident.

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Serita Shone, 22, and Fiona Harrison, 29, were involved in the incident during a training run at the British Championships in Winterberg, in the north-west of the country.

GB performance director Gary Anderson told Eurosport that Shone had undergone surgery on Wednesday morning after being airlifted to a specialist spinal unit.

Her injuries are said to be serious but not life-threatening.

Anderson later told the BBC that Stone had fractured her back: "Serita has had spinal surgery and is still under sedation. My focus is now on the two athletes and their families."

Shone only joined the British bobsleigh team last month after switching from athletics, where she was a heptathlete.

Driver Harrison, who also used to compete as a heptathlete suffered a head injury and is under observation in hospital in Winterberg.

Anderson has travelled to Germany to see the athletes.

The British Championships are taking place in Winterberg from October 24-29.

Winterberg is one of 14 tracks sanctioned by the sport's governing body, and hosted the women's World Championships in 2000.

Additional information from Martin Haven / Eurosport

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