Thursday, February 19, 1998
Hindle requires stitches after accidentNAGANO, Japan (AP) -- A Canadian bobsledder who was struck and slightly injured by falling debris at the Olympic Village got the OK to compete in Friday's four-man bobsled heat.
Matt Hindle, 23, of Calgary, was outside at 8 p.m. Wednesday when he was hit by what Canadian Olympic Association spokeswoman Suzanne Charest said was "pieces of glass" from a Plexiglass barrier that fell from the sixth floor of the Olympic Village tower.
Brian Rahill, Canada's luge team leader, said Hindle required five stitches for a cut to his shoulder from building material that fell from a balcony.
Hindle suffered only a glancing blow to his head, while his shoulder took the brunt of the blow, Rahill said.
Hindle was treated by a medical team but was not hospitalized, the luger added.
Charest said authorities were investigating the incident but that Hindle, who races on Canada's No. 2 bobsled team, was cleared to compete.
Hindle, his twin brother, Ben, and Ian Danney are on the No. 2 bobsled team headed by Chris Lori. They were scheduled to race 12th Friday in the 32-team field for the preliminaries. The medal round is Saturday.