Soldier-Athlete Gets Appendix Removed in South Korea Just Before Olympics

Justin Olsen Olympic bobsled team

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — American bobsled pilot Justin Olsen hopes to compete at the Olympics despite having had a successful appendectomy on the eve of the Pyeongchang Games. Olsen participates on the Olympic team under the auspices of the U.S. Army MWR's World Class Athlete Program.

U.S. bobsled officials said Tuesday that Olsen, who is from San Antonio, Texas, went to a hospital in the coastal city of Gangneung on Monday and is trying to recover so he can compete in events starting Feb. 18.

USA Bobsled and Skeleton CEO Darrin Steele says officials are "heartbroken for Justin, but he's shown us over the years that he's capable of overcoming adversity."

Officials say they're discussing options if Olsen can't race.

Pyeongchang is Olsen's third Olympics. He was on the four-man gold-medal winning team at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

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