Nicola shocked by friend’s injury

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SHEFFIELD’S former world bobsleigh champion Nicola Minichiello says the crash which has reportedly fractured the spine of Serita Shone and caused a head injury to Fiona Harrison during training in Germany was “a million to one”.

Minichiello, who is the head of development for the International Bobsleigh Federation and has submitted plans to redevelop the closed Woodbourn Road athletics stadium, told The Star: “Crashes are a fairly regular occurrence in the sport.

“I remember when I first started driving the sled I crashed 20 times during the first week. It happens, but usually they’re not serious and you’re okay.”

Harrison was a brakewoman for Minichiello and a reserve at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Cananda.

Minichiello said: “I know Fiona is wanting to get back out there as soon as she can. She is someone I know very well and my thoughts go out to her and Serita. The crash was a million to one chance.”