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TORINO: Two Italian ski jumpers injured, out of Games

TORINO: Two Italian ski jumpers injured, out of Games{mosimage}TORINO, Italy – Two members of the Italian ski jumping team are out of the Olympics after falling during training.

Marco Beltrame and Stefano Chiapolino were injured in separate falls while attempting landings Monday at Predazzo in Val di Fiemme.

Beltrame’s injuries didn’t appear to be serious at first, but he fainted before dinner Monday night and was taken to the hospital, where his spleen was removed. The injury wasn’t thought to be career-threatening.

Chiapolino broke his nose and needed stitches after getting cuts on his face.

The injuries leave Italy with three ski jumpers: Andrea Morassi, Sebastian Colloredo and Alessio Bolognani.

The Italian Olympic Committee said the two injured jumpers could still be replaced, adding that it was looking into whether other athletes meet the technical and qualifying standards required. A decision was expected by Wednesday or Thursday.

– The Associated Press

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