Russian ski jumper dies in car crash

BY foxsports • October 9, 2011

Russia's leading hope for a ski jump Olympic medal in the Black Sea resort of Sochi in 2014 was killed in a car crash early Sunday.

Pavel Karelin, who turned 21 in April, died in the western region of Nizhny Novgorod, local media reported.

Karelin won several national titles and finished on the podium three times in the 2009 World Cup series.

His coach, Alexander Svyatov, told reporters that Karelin died immediately, as his car's airbag did not work.

Two of the ski jumper's friends, who were also in the car, were hospitalized in grave condition.

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