Olympic Bobsledder Who Killed Himself Likely Had C.T.E.

U.S.asibling. .’s According to a complaint filed on Wednesday, the brother of Olympic bobsledder Pavle Jovanovic.

Who committed himself, claims the Olympics did not do enough to warn and safeguard him against traumatic brain injuries.

Olympic Bobsledder Who Killed Himself Likely Had C.T.E.

The lawsuit claims that Jovanovic had brain problems from being jostled around in the bobsled for years, leading to depression and eventually his suicide in 2020, at the age of 43.

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), typically observed in high-impact athletes like football players and boxers.

Was the likely cause of Jovanovic’s death, as determined by an autopsy performed shortly after his passing.

By virtue of this diagnosis, Jovanovic is the first person to play a sliding sport and have CTE. The 139-page complaint alleges that Jovanovic committed suicide because the effects of CTE were too much for him to bear.

Concussion Confusion, Bobsledding and Non-Suicide Pacts

Athletes in bobsledding and skeleton are susceptible to a stretch injury medically known as “sled head,” a colloquial phrase.

The strain exerted on a person’s brain when travelling in a bobsled at speeds approaching 90 miles per hour generates a wave that propagates through the brain, causing damage.

The corpus callosum, a bundle of nerves that connects the two sides of the brain, is prone to corrosion from stretch injuries.

The 51-year-old plaintiff in the current lawsuit claims that USA Bobsledding and Skeleton failed to warn the public about the long-term risks of the sport, particularly those associated with head trauma.

The story was picked up by the New York Times, which led to the initial meeting between Breen and Person.

Outside of his current legal problem, it was their friendship that inspired Person to advocate for concussion awareness.


Researchers concluded that the degenerative brain condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (C.T.E. ).

Which has been observed in former football players and other athletes who participated in violent contact sports, was present in a former Olympic bobsledder who committed suicide last year.

In the month of May, 2020, Pavle Jovanovic committed himself by hanging himself in his family’s metal works shop in central New Jersey. He was 43.

Debilitating brain disease that results from multiple head traumas and can cause severe brain degeneration.

Often long before the stage of life when the general population experiences brain disorders like dementia and Parkinson’s disease.

He is believed to be the first bobsledder and the first athlete in an Olympic sliding sport to be found with C.T.E.