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    Friday, February 20, 1998

    Hindle planning legal action

     NAGANO, Japan (CP) -- Calgary bobsledder Matt Hindle is considering legal action after being struck by a window pane in the athlete's Olympic village earlier this week.
     Hindle, who has five stitches in his left shoulder, said he was receiving counsel -- but wouldn't say who from.
     When first asked if he was planning legal action, Hindle replied: "I've explored my... I can't comment."
     He later confirmed he would explore his "rights and legal options."
     Wednesday evening at about 8 p.m. Nagano time, Hindle was standing in an alley between the American and Canadian residences in the Olympic village, speaking with two U.S. bobsledders. After about 10 minutes, a portion of a window came flying from the sixth floor of the American building.
     The window pane hit Hindle on the side of the face but left its mark only in Hindle's shoulder. Japanese police are investigating the incident, and Canadian team leader Jeff Hugill said Thursday the window appeared to have been kicked on purpose.
     Reports on Thursday speculated that the window may have been kicked out by American hockey players after their quarter-final loss to the Czech Republic on Tuesday morning. It was reported extensively Thursday night that members of the U.S. hockey team caused $3,000 US in damage to their rooms.
     Hindle said the Chef de Mission for the USOC and some American athletes issued "a genuine apology... and gave me their condolencses."
     Hindle raced this morning in the Canada 2 sled, driven by Chris Lori of Windsor, Ont., which is 11th heading to Saturday morning's final two runs, and out of medal contention.