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U.S. Bobsled Star Hays Out of World Cup

January 25, 2005

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) _ U.S. bobsled star Todd Hays is expected to miss the final two events of the World Cup schedule after injuring his foot on the track that will be used at the 2006 Turin Olympics.

Hays, a silver medalist in the four-man at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, was heading to the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid for further evaluation, Tom LaDue, spokesman for the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, said Tuesday.

Hays, of Del Rio, Texas, hurt his right foot during his first run in the four-man competition Sunday at Cesana Pariol, Italy, and did not take a second run. His foot was deeply cut when one of the sled’s runners ran it over, team officials said.

Hays, who shares third in the overall standings with Canada’s Pierre Lueders, will not compete this week at St. Moritz, Switzerland, and the Verizon Cup in Lake Placid in mid-February.

Hays also will miss the two-man world championships in Calgary, Alberta, on Feb. 18-19. U.S. Olympic Committee medical staff and team coaches will decide if he will be able to compete in the four-man world championship races Feb. 26-27 in Calgary.