Originally created 12/23/01

Farrell suffers injury

KEARNS, Utah - Brigid Farrell, a short-track skater from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., was injured in a bloody crash Saturday at the U.S. Olympic trials.

Farrell, 19, wasn't in contention for the U.S. Olympic team when she crashed into the padded rink wall while leading a pack of four women in the 1,000-meter 'B' final.

Farrell slid going into a turn, and Allison Baver, who was in second, tried to go wide to avoid her. But Farrell slid straight and both women hit the wall. Farrell was cut by Baver's blade.

"She'll be fine," said Susan Ellis, the national short-track coach. "It's a puncture wound."

Farrell got up and finished the race while holding her side. Blood soaked through her navy skin suit. After being treated rinkside, Farrell walked off with medical personnel supporting her.

"She's got a lot of guts," Ellis said. "Hopefully, she will stick around another four years. I think she's a future Olympian."

Farrell finished seventh overall, but she needed to make the 'A' final to have a shot at the Olympic team. The top six qualified for the Salt Lake Games.

Baver, of Sinking Spring, Pa., was disqualified, although she already was assured of an Olympic berth.

SWEDEN FINALIZES TEAM: Sweden, one of the favorites for to win the Olympic hockey gold medal, selected 11 NHL players Saturday for its final 13 roster spots.

Johan Hedberg (Pittsburgh) and Mikael Tellqvist (Toronto Maple Leafs) were picked as backup goaltenders behind Tommy Salo (Edmonton).

Also selected were Magnus Arvedsson (Ottawa), Per-Johan Axelsson (Boston), Ulf Dahlen (Washington), Tomas Holmstrom (Detroit), Kim Johnsson (Philadelphia), Kenny Jonsson (New York Islanders), Fredrik Olausson (Detroit), Marcus Ragnarsson (San Jose) and Niklas Sundstrom (San Jose).

Picked from Sweden's Elite League were center Mathias Johansson of Farjestad and forward Henrik Zetterberg of Timra, the league's rookie of the year last season.

Earlier defense picks were Nicklas Lidstrom (Detroit), Mattias Ohlund (Vancouver) and Mattias Norstrom (Los Angeles).

Early forward picks were Daniel Alfredsson (Ottawa), Peter Forsberg (Colorado), Markus Naslund (Vancouver), Mats Sundin (Toronto) and former NHLer Jorgen Jonsson of Farjestad in the elite league.

Forsberg, who scored the game-winner against Canada in the 1994 Olympics, Forsberg hasn't played since September, when he said his body hurt.

According to IIHF rules, the Swedes can keep a roster spot for Forsberg until Feb. 14, the day before the Olympic tournament starts.


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