Injured bobsled team vows to return

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:35 PM ET

CALGARY - A horrific crash in Altenberg, Germany, may have affected them physically and mentally, but Chris Spring’s bobsled team vows to get back on ice togtether.

In the moments after the wreck, Spring’s first thought was his career was over.

“At the time, I pretty much retired in my head,” Spring said. “It wasn’t until a few days later that I had a different perspective (after talking with a sports psychologist).

“Those visuals are something I have that will stick with me for a long time. I’m happy everyone is OK, and we can move forward from here.”

Spring was released from hospital Thursday after suffering a broken nose, lacerations and bruising in the crash. The 27-year-old is due to return to Canada Sunday.

The rest of the team is already back home, but their recovery from injury means they won’t be sliding together until at least next season.

Bill Thomas, 26, who was sitting third, has broken rib and lacerations on his backside. Graham Rinholm, 26, the brakeman, suffered a broken fibula and has lacerations to his legs.

Tim Randall, sitting second in the sled, had minor injuries but was not seriously hurt.

Both Thomas and Rinholm were knocked unconscious in the wreck, which made the accident scene even more traumatic for the rest of the team, including fifth Derek Plug, one of the first to reach the crew.

Over the past week, the team has recovered emotionally and vowed to return to the World Cup circuit.

“Originally, when the crash happened, I remember thinking my bobsled dream was coming to an end,” Randall said. “I wasn’t sure I would every get back into the sled again.

“When I had a chance to let it all sink in, I had already changed my mind on the situation.

“Going to the Olympics is a dream of mine since I was a little kid. As severe as this crash was, I’m not letting it get in the way of my dreams.”

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