German skier Felix Neureuther in car accident

Felix Neureuther of Germany takes the 3rd place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Slalom on January 28, 2014
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German skier Felix Neureuther is being examined for whiplash following a car accident, Germany's skiing federation reveals.

German skier Felix Neureuther is being treated for whiplash following a car accident on an icy road on his way to the airport to the Sochi Winter Olympics, Germany's skiing federation has said.

"He hit the crash barrier on a slippery, snowy road," spokesman Ralph Eder told Reuters earlier today. "His doctor is examining him now for whiplash."

The medical exam will determine if and when the 29-year-old would be able to fly to Sochi to start in Wednesday's giant slalom and next Saturday's slalom, Eder continued.

Despite having endured an injury-plagued season, Neureuther is tipped to be a medal contender in both races, after winning a World Cup giant slalom and two slaloms in January.