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Dutch short track skater Knegt suffers serious burns

January 10, 2019
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In this Feb. 13, 2018 file image Sjinkie Knegt of the Netherlands races during the men's 1000 meters short track speedskating heats in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea. The Dutch ice skating association said Olympic short track speedskating silver medalist Knegt has suffered serious burns after his clothes caught fire Thursday morning Jan. 10, 2019, as he was lighting a wood-burning stove. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch ice skating association says Olympic short track silver medalist Sjinkie Knegt has suffered serious burns after an accident at his home.

The Royal Netherlands Skating Union says in a statement that Knegt’s clothes caught fire Thursday morning as he was lighting a wood-burning stove. His left leg suffered third-degree burns.

Knegt, who won the silver medal in the men’s 1,500-meter race at the Pyeongchang Olympics last year, was taken by ambulance to a hospital in the northern Dutch city of Groningen, where he is being treated.

Knegt was unavailable for this weekend’s European Championships as he was recovering from an injury sustained last month when his leg was caught between a doorframe and his fork-lift truck.