In the latest of a line of cases applying the assumption of risk doctrine to a sports-related accident, a divided upstate New York appellate panel on Thursday upheld summary dismissal of a suit filed by an Olympic speed skater who suffered a spinal injury when she crashed into the boards surrounding a rink in Lake Placid.

But the case, Ziegelmeyer v. United States Olympic Committee, 97705, may be heading to the state Court of Appeals over the issue of whether an alleged defect in safety equipment or the application of that equipment can ever overcome the doctrine.

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