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Child in stable condition after Whistler luging accident

11/27/2013 11:32 EST | Updated 01/27/2014 05:59 EST
A young athlete was taken to hospital Wednesday night following an accident on the luge track in Whistler, B.C.

The B.C. Ambulance Service said initially that it was caring for one patient in critical condition but Chris Dornan, spokesman with the Canadian Luge Association, said just before 9 p.m. PT that the injured luger was in a better condition.

"The athlete is in stable condition, and being taken to Squamish hospital," he told CBC News.

​Patricia Leslie, a director with Whistler Athletes' Centre, confirmed that a young athlete who was taking part in regular training run with the B.C. Luge Association was injured some time between 6-7 p.m. PT Wednesday.

Leslie said it was also her understanding that the injured athlete was not in critical condition.

Dornan said the injured luger is a novice-level athlete with B.C. Luge, which means he or she would be under 13 years of age. He called the injury "an unfortunate incident."

"The reality is that crashes happen on tracks around the world. That is the reality of the sport." Dornan said. "Our priority [now] is the athlete's health."

Dornan said the starting position for the novice lugers would be between corners 12 and 13 on the run, and that the crash happened at corner 14.

The Whistler Sliding Centre was the site of a deadly luging accident prior to the opening of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, when Republic of Georgia lugerNodar Kumaritashvili died in a practice run.

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