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Virgin Islands Crashes in Four-Man

February 23, 2002

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PARK CITY, Utah (AP) _ The bobsled team from the U.S. Virgin Islands dropped out of the four-man competition Friday after a crash during the first heat.

Driver Keith Sudziarski needed eight stitches in his knee after he lost control of the team’s silver sled on the bottom part of the track. The sled fell onto its side and Sudziarski couldn’t get it righted.

As the sled skidded on its side, the helmeted heads of the four passengers skittered across the ice.

When the sled finally stopped, track personnel rushed over to help Sudziarski, Paul Zar, Christian Brown and Michael Savitch.

Sudziarski was given medical clearance to make his second run but declined and the team dropped out. That means the Virgin Islands won’t complete the final two runs Saturday either.

Zar, who owns a pizzeria in the Virgin Islands, competed at Nagano and finished 29th.

Earlier, New Zealand-1 had a similar crash but none of the four members was injured.

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