U.S. skeleton racer Kevin Ellis broke a vertebra in his back Thursday in a sledding accident, the U.S. Olympic Committee said.
Jim Sterling, the USOC's chief medical officer, said there was no paralysis. Ellis, 32, of Dallas, was taken to a hospital in Turin.
Ellis was hurt while sledding in a friendly competition with two other U.S. skeleton racers, Eric Bernotas and Katie Uhlaender, and two U.S. luge racers, Christian Niccum and Erin Hamlin.
Ellis finished 17th in the men's skeleton competition a week ago at Cesana Pariol, Italy.
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Anni Friesinger of Germany, who has won four Olympic speedskating medals, pulled out of Saturday's women's 5,000-meter race because she's tired.