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German medal prospect Neureuther in car crash

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 14, 2014 at 11:35 am •  Published: February 14, 2014

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Alpine skier Felix Neureuther of Germany, one of medal favorites, suffered whiplash in a car crash on Friday and has been forced to delay his departure for the Sochi Olympics by a day.

"Thank God, it wasn't that bad, I feel well under the circumstances," Neureuther told reporters in Munich. "I should be able to race. I am flying to Sochi on Saturday."

Neureuther was driving to the Munich airport early Friday when he hit a patch of ice, lost control and hit the barrier, but was able to drive on, according to his father, Christian Neureuther, a three-time Olympian skier himself.

Instead of flying to Sochi, Neureuther went to see a doctor in Munich, who determined he'd suffered whiplash but no bone injuries, according to the federation.

His girlfriend, biathlon star Miriam Goessner, who was in the car, told German media she called the police in Neureuther's native Garmisch-Partenkirchen to report the accident. Goessner is not competing in Sochi because of a back injury.

The Munich prosecutor's office said it had opened an investigation into whether Neureuther had fled the scene of an accident and to determine how much time had elapsed between the accident and the call to the police. The skier was free to travel.

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