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|Kyle Bennett at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.|
With just a few short weeks left leading up to the UCI World Championships in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, the USA has lost their two USAC (USA Cycling) funded Elite Men to a training incident at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. Current world champion Donny Robinson was training with Kyle Bennett this past weekend when the pair became tangled and went down on the third straight. Both were rushed to a local hospital to be checked out, with Bennett fairing a bit worse than Robinson.
The official diagnosis for Bennett is two fractures in his left collarbone, an AC (acromioclavicular) joint separation on his right shoulder, three fractured ribs, bruised lung, broken cheek bone and a laceration to his liver. Bennett will remain in the hospital for the next week. At the present time, Bennett's doctors believe they can avoid surgery, but will wait until the swelling in his cheek goes down before knowing for sure. It is uncertain how long Bennett will be out for. Robinson got off a little bit easier, re-injuring his ribs for the third time this year (once in Madrid, Spain and now twice at the Chula Vista OTC.) Robinson updated his fans via Facebook saying, "I've just been released from the hospital in San Diego. My injuries are the same as previous: broken ribs, collapsed lung and concussion. 6-12 weeks for recovery. But I know the lung issue takes longer than that to be resolved."
There is still some hope that Robinson may be back in time for the next stop on the UCI Supercross series, which takes place in Chula Vista, Calif. on September 17 and 18. As for Bennett's progress, we will keep you updated. And to both riders, get well soon.