Olympians injured in car accident while riding in Vice President Biden’s motorcade

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 15, 2010 8:43 am

At the 1968 Grenoble Olympics, Peggy Fleming won the gold medal for figure skating. At the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, Vonetta Flowers won the bobsled gold. In 1980, Mike Eruzione was the captain of the U.S. Olympic Hockey team that won the Miracle on Ice game against the Soviet Union.

What do these three stellar athletes have in common? They were all involved in the same auto accident yesterday while riding in Vice President Joe Biden’s motorcade at the Vancouver Olympics. The Vice President was in another vehicle and not injured.

The motorcade was en route to a hockey game when the van carrying Fleming, Flowers and Eruzione was rear-ended. Biden was riding with a physician who was able to treat everyone on scene. All injuries sustained were minor. They never made it to the hockey game, but Fleming and Flowers were later able to attend a figure skating competition with Biden.

The accident is under investigation, but primary reports blame either poor road conditions or an oil slick.

“It was a big, huge van. We were thrown really hard and Vonetta hit her head on the seat cushion in front of her…It was just a really jarring twist of the neck, but I think we’re going to be OK,” Fleming said. “I think I’ll have a stiff neck tomorrow and stiff muscles.”

We hope for a speedy recovery for all.