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Ex-Olympians Fleming, Flowers hurt in Biden motorcade accident

Peggy Fleming, shown here in 2008, was one of two Olympic gold medalists from the U.S. hurt in Sunday's accident.
Peggy Fleming, shown here in 2008, was one of two Olympic gold medalists from the U.S. hurt in Sunday's accident.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Peggy Fleming, Vonetta Flowers in Vice President Biden's motorcade in Vancouver
  • Two receive minor injuries in accident involving van in motorcade, White House says
  • Both ex-Olympians have been released from a hospital
  • Fleming, Flowers are part of U.S. delegation at 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver
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Vancouver, British Columbia (CNN) -- Two members of the U.S. Olympic delegation -- both gold medalists from previous Olympics -- suffered minor injuries Sunday in an accident as they were traveling in Vice President Joe Biden's motorcade, the White House said.

Peggy Fleming and Vonetta Flowers were taken to a hospital "as a precaution" after a van in the motorcade was involved in a minor accident, according to Biden spokesman Jay Carney. Both were later released from the hospital.

Neither Biden nor anyone else in the motorcade was involved in the incident, Carney said.

The statement did not provide further details about the accident.

Fleming, a champion figure skater, won gold during the 1968 Grenoble, France, games. She was the only American to place first during those games, according to the International Olympic Committee Web site.

Flowers earned gold in the 2002 Salt Lake City, Utah, Olympics in the two-person bobsled competition, according to the IOC.