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Lake Placid (AFP) - American bobsledder Todd Hays, a 2002 Olympic silver medalist who had been seeking a bid to his fourth Olympics, has been forced to retire, the US Bobsled Federation announced.
Hays was diagnosed with an intraparenchymal hematoma following a CT scan after a training crash last Wednesday in Winterberg, Germany. An MRI confirmed that Hays risks brain damage if he continues bobsledding.
"In discussion with various experts in the field of sports-induced injuries, it was the consensus that Todd should not engage in any further bobsledding to avoid any additional trauma to a healing brain which may cause irreversible damage," team doctor Eugene Byrne said.