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02-12-10, 05:35 PM #1
Luge must be shut down after tragedy
VANCOUVER – With the crash that killed Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili during a Friday morning training run, just hours before the Olympic torch was to be lit here, the Vancouver Games need to take immediate steps to assure the safety of its athletes.
It can start by canceling the luge competition altogether unless the track can be reconstructed to prevent wicked speeds from putting athletes at risk.
Kumaritashvili, 21, lost control of his sled during a practice session at the Whistler Sliding Centre. He violently caromed off of two of the track’s walls before being tossed in the air, where he spun until hitting a metal support pole. He was rushed to a local hospital, but it was too late.
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02-12-10, 05:44 PM #2
Rest in peace.
02-12-10, 08:13 PM #3
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02-12-10, 10:03 PM #5
Speed doesn't kill. It's the sudden stop that kills.
Sorry, too soon?
Seriously though, prayers go out to his family and friends.Pleasing nobody, one person at a time.
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02-12-10, 11:48 PM #6
I don't know much about that sport. A few questions popped into my head:
Do luges have some sort of brakes?
Did they design the track to be too fast and dangerous or did the guy just overestimate his ability?
Granted it's sad he died but I wonder if it was his doing or a fault of the track design."When a crime is committed, liberals blame society. Conservatives blame the criminal." -Debra Saunders
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02-12-10, 11:54 PM #7
Meanwhile, fishing in Russia:
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02-13-10, 01:27 AM #8
I will have to commend the country of Georgia choosing to go on and compete in the Olympics despite this terrible tragedy.
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02-13-10, 06:52 AM #9
The thing that did him in is when he left the track he splatted into a metal pole (maybe a floodlight/telephone poll type thing?) that wasn't shielded from such impact.\\` ` ` ` < ` )___/\
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