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Bobsledder Who Broke Down Bathroom Door Gets Stuck in Elevator

U.S. Bobsledder Johnny Quinn
U.S. bobsledder Johnny Quinn attends a team press conference ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics on February 3, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photographer: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Feb. 11 (Bloomberg) -- American bobsledder Johnny Quinn may want to start avoiding small spaces at the Sochi Olympics.

The 30-year-old, who made headlines last week by breaking down his stuck bathroom door at the Olympic Village, yesterday said he and some compatriots were trapped in an elevator.

Quinn, a former National Football League player, is competing in the two and four-man bobsled events in the Russia resort. Three days ago, his bathroom door wouldn’t open after he took a shower, and “with no phone to call for help, I used my bobsled push training to break out,” he said on Twitter.

Yesterday, he posted pictures of the inside of an elevator, saying he was stuck with teammate Nick Cunningham.

“No one is going to believe this, but we just got stuck in an elevator,” he wrote on Twitter.

The Olympics, which opened Feb. 7, have been the source of criticism from journalists and some athletes because of unfinished hotels, dirty water coming from faucets and other shortcomings. Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to convert the Soviet-era summer resort on the Black Sea into a year-round destination, and $42 billion has been spent on hotels, roads and other infrastructure.

U.S. Bobsled spokeswoman Amanda Bird confirmed Quinn’s account of the incident. Bird said he was stuck in the elevator for no more than “a handful of minutes.”

Quinn, a receiver, played for the NFL’s Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers. He also played in the Canadian Football League.

To contact the reporter on this story: Christopher Elser in Sochi at celser@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net

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