Peggy Fleming Hurt in Biden Van Accident

Ex-Olympians shook up in motorcade crack up
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2010 2:10 AM CST
Peggy Fleming Hurt in Biden Van Accident
Skater Peggy Fleming attends the short program figure skating pairs competition at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver yesterday.   (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

Former Olympic gold medalists Peggy Fleming and Vonetta Flowers were slightly injured in an accident as they traveled yesterday in Vice President Joe Biden's motorcade in Vancouver. The women were treated at a local hospital "as a precaution" and released after their van plowed into the vehicle in front of them. It's not clear what triggered the accident, and police were investigating. Biden was traveling in another car and was not affected, reports the New York Times.

It was the third accident involving a Biden motorcade since late last year. “We were thrown really hard, and Vonetta hit her head on the seat cushion in front of her,” said Fleming. “It was just a really jarring twist of the neck, but I think we’re going to be OK.” The figure skating great won a gold medal in 1968, and Flowers won a 2002 gold in a bobsled competition. Both are part of the US Olympic delegation. (Read more 2010 Vancouver Olympics stories.)

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