Horror Crash For Ukraine Luge Team

TURIN, Italy -- Ukraine doubles luge slider Roman Yazvinskyy was injured in a horrific crash as the notorious Cesana Pariol Olympic Winter Games track claimed another victim.

Another Ukrainian luge doubles team - Andriy Kis and Yuriy Hayduk

Yazvinskyy took a heavy blow to the head when his sled plunged into the roof of the final curve at high speed, tipped sideways and ploughed into another wall, snapping a runner into pieces.

"He is conscious but he hit his head so you have to be careful about his condition," a policeman at the scene said, adding that Yazvinskyy would be taken for immediate treatment at a medical centre.

Yazvinskyy's partner, Oleg Zheberetskyy, limped away in obvious pain.

The crash was just the latest in a series of chilling spills on the course where America's Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin also saw their Olympic dream end in tatters.

The US pair, gunning to complete their Olympic medals collection with a gold, strayed too high up a left wall on their opening run and were dumped on to the track at high speed in another spectacular wipeout.

The US stars, who won bronze in Nagano 1998 and silver in Salt Lake City four years ago, did not appear to be badly injured and walked away from the crash.

Dmitriy Khamkin and Vladimir Boitsov of Russia also fell victim to the daunting course.

Source: Agence France-Presse