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Prince Harry runs on a skating track and says 'everyone should do this'

Prince Harry runs on a skating track and says 'everyone should do this'

WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) — Prince Harry raced head first on a small skeletal sled traveling at 99 kilometers per hour (61.5 mph) down a track at the site of next year's Invictus Games on Thursday, saying with a smile afterward that everyone should do it. .

Harry was in Whistler, British Columbia, with his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, to visit athletes in training camps and promote the games he founded for wounded, injured and ill service members and veterans after serving in Afghanistan.

The British royal performed two laps on one of the world's fastest snowboarding tracks, which also hosts skeleton races. The 2025 Games in Vancouver and Whistler will be the first to feature winter sports, including skeleton events, skiing and wheelchair curling, but will also host events that have previously been held, such as indoor rowing, sit-down volleyball, swimming, wheelchair and wheelchair rugby. Basketball.

Cowbells rang as the prince finished his first lap, and when he was helped off the track, he took off his helmet and said with a smile: “Everyone should do this, it should be mandatory.”

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, prepares to get on the ice with Invictus athletes during Invictus Games training camp in Whistler, British Columbia, on Wednesday, February 14, 2024. (Ethan Cairns/The Canadian Press via AP)

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, prepares to sit with Invictus athletes in Whistler, British Columbia, February 14, 2024. (Ethan Cairns/The Canadian Press via AP)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, walk together after Harry slid down the track on a skeleton sled for the second time while attending an Invictus Games training camp, in Whistler, British Columbia.  Thursday, February 15, 2024. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, walk together in Whistler, British Columbia, February 15, 2024. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Megan was waiting at the bottom of the track after his two laps.

Someone shouted: “Meghan, you have to go.” “Impossible,” she replied.

Experienced skiers start at the top of the trail, although Prince started at the halfway mark. He was given a safety briefing first, and paramedics were on standby.

American Ivan Moreira, a one-armed amputee injured in a combat zone in Afghanistan, was in Whistler for training camp. He said he appreciated Harry for giving service members a chance to find purpose after injury.

“I am constantly recovering from this injury, maybe not physically, but emotionally and mentally,” Moreira said in an interview. “A big catastrophic event like this affects you, so adaptive sports is my way of dealing with that.”

The 2025 Games will include about 500 competitors from 23 countries from February 8 to 16, 2025.

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