American Boardsailor Injured in Athens
Prepared statement from Fred Hagedorn, Olympic Sailing Committee Chairman and Team Leader for the Athens 2002 Regatta.
As at 1300 hours (US time) Thursday 8 August 2002:
"The facts as we know them at 1:00 p.m. this afternoon are that Mistral sailor Kimberly Birkenfeld of Miami, Fla., and Myrtle Creek, Ore., was injured the morning of August 8 by a motor boat propellor in an accident that occurred while she was sailing in Athens in preparation for the upcoming Athens 2002 Regatta. She has undergone surgery and we are in close contact with her family. Our thoughts are with her and our focus is on her recovery. Only a handful of our US Sailing Team members are at the regatta site at this time and the U.S. coaches and support personnel, including myself, begin arriving in Athens tomorrow. We will update this situation as we know more."