William Person filed a lawsuit against USA BOBSLED/SKELETON, INC., seeking compensation for the injuries he sustained during his years of competition. The lawsuit claims that the sport is extremely dangerous and can result in serious brain damage. USABS was aware of the dangers of head impacts, but did not advise its athletes. The sport also causes a condition known as “sled head,” which can result in disequilibrium, headaches, and fogginess.
The sport involves two or four-person teams that fly down an ice-covered course. Each team has a driver and a brake woman. The brake woman pushes the sled with her power. This momentum gives the driver extra boost. The speeds can reach up to 90 miles per hour.
In the lawsuit, Person alleges that USABS should have warned the athletes of the dangers associated with the sport. The USABS has denied the allegations. In response, Person seeks court-supervised medical monitoring. He is a member of a class of bobsled athletes who suffered brain injuries in the sport. The lawsuit claims that USABS failed to provide accurate information about brain injuries and other potential harms.
The team also had three Olympic athletes on its roster. The first two won a silver medal at the 2002 Salt Lake Games. In addition, Bill McLaughlin and Todd Hays were promoted to the Olympic team and won a silver medal. During the 2006 Olympic Games, he was part of a two-man team that competed in Torino, Italy. He later retired from the sport because of an injury to his neck. However, he had two children and was able to work through the pain. He also sought help from a team physician and a chiropractor.
Another American who made the Olympic team in 1928 was Billy Fiske. The 16-year-old was born into a wealthy banking family and educated in Europe. He played several sports and became one of the original members of the United States bobsled team. He became famous as a driver of gold-medal sleds and won the Curzon Cup and Grand National titles twice.
Williams’ athletic career began in the track. She won the silver medal in the 100-meter dash at the Athens Olympics and won gold in the 4X100 relay at the 2012 London Games. She also holds three World Championship gold medals. In August of 2013, she retired from track and field, but picked up bobsledding quickly. She won a silver medal in Sochi along with Elana Meyers Taylor.
Bobsledding has a long history. The sport started in 1877 in Davos, Switzerland. The sport was later expanded to other winter resorts in Europe. The sport has also reached the Olympics in many countries, including Germany and Switzerland.