Olympics: Track Didn't Cause Luger's Death

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The Associated Press 10 comments Fast and frightening, yes. Responsible for the death of a luger, no.
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Boots

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Feb 13, 2010
At the speed he was travling at when his body mass caught the dead air he went airborn.
A tragic freak accident,,,,speed kills.

“Ron Paul is my president”

Since: Sep 09

Hometown USA

#2 Feb 13, 2010
really? it looks like a poor track design to me. why was the area immediately following that turn not only open, but full of un-padded steel support columns? a photo op is worth more than the lives of the participants?
hey

Las Vegas, NV

#3 Feb 13, 2010
Who is Omar? Who is Lugar? Slow down the video.

Since: Feb 07

San Francisco, CA

#4 Feb 13, 2010
The elite luger guys have the answers. If many of them target a point on the track as a problem, PRIOR to a crash, then the head track guy MUST make corrections.

This should be done LONG before getting close to the race event.

My point is that the racers themselves know when it's right and when it's wrong.

Not some slacker in a suit and girlie shoes.

“Common Sense, How Refreshing!”

Since: Aug 09

Location hidden

#5 Feb 13, 2010
partisan pukes wrote:
really? it looks like a poor track design to me. why was the area immediately following that turn not only open, but full of un-padded steel support columns? a photo op is worth more than the lives of the participants?
Well put, it really is a designing liability. Especially when you consider they are traveling about 20-25 mph faster than they ever have.

Besides the loss of an Olympian, another sad part is the arrogance of the IOC and their inability to see what everyone else in the world has witnessed. I mean as fast as they investigated and found themselves innocent of any wrong doing, that has to be a new Olympic Record.

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Since: Sep 09

Hometown USA

#6 Feb 13, 2010
Czar of Logic wrote:
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Well put, it really is a designing liability. Especially when you consider they are traveling about 20-25 mph faster than they ever have.
Besides the loss of an Olympian, another sad part is the arrogance of the IOC and their inability to see what everyone else in the world has witnessed. I mean as fast as they investigated and found themselves innocent of any wrong doing, that has to be a new Olympic Record.
he only died because he was able to leave the track. if the wall had been as high there as it was entering the turn, who knows, he might have survived. it is truly a shame to see the officials deem this as human error. of course it was. there is the potential for any one of those racers to lose control of their sled, it wouldn't be very competitive otherwise. any rational person would foresee this possibility and would expect track construction to reflect this. my thoughts go out to this young mans family, friends and team. truly pathetic the investigation has overlooked such a flaw.
Telling the truth

Vancouver, Canada

#7 Feb 13, 2010
partisan pukes wrote:
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he only died because he was able to leave the track. if the wall had been as high there as it was entering the turn, who knows, he might have survived. it is truly a shame to see the officials deem this as human error. of course it was. there is the potential for any one of those racers to lose control of their sled, it wouldn't be very competitive otherwise. any rational person would foresee this possibility and would expect track construction to reflect this. my thoughts go out to this young mans family, friends and team. truly pathetic the investigation has overlooked such a flaw.
..........

This is a manifestation of the incompetance and coverups we live with daily..no one is manning up to the idea that the track construction could have been faulty..

Sure, you take a risk hurtling down an icy track at 90 mph,but the goal is to put in the fastest track time, not risk your life unnecessarily.

Those responsible for preparing that track should be held accountable for any flaws in it's construction ,and prosecuted, as a warning to others to do their jobs properly, and not to take a lazy relaxed attitude to the jobs they are hired to do.
Jacob Teale

San Jose, CA

#8 Feb 13, 2010
Boots wrote:
At the speed he was travling at when his body mass caught the dead air he went airborn.
A tragic freak accident,,,,speed kills.
Freak?
No, it was an EXPECTED accident. Just like when NASCAR cowboy hit the wall and a wheel flys off and kills someone. That's what the crowd came to see.
Just like a boxing match, people pay good money to see jackasses take one.
mark

Sidney, OH

#9 Feb 13, 2010
the athlete himself was well aware of the potential hazards when sliding down an icy track at very high speeds on a sled...... i for one don't see ANYTHING SAFE about doint that, regardless of the height of the track walls......luging in and of itself is a dangerous sport...Sad that he passed away; but all involved are aware this can happen......if they did not think it was DANGEROUS in the first place, they wouldn't have medics on hand ......he took a gambl, and lost.. but we all do this daily.. we drive our cars, not knwoing if we will die in a wreck or not.. at least he died doing something he enjoyed!!! RIP

“what say you”

Since: Feb 10

main street

#10 Feb 13, 2010
they say hindsight is 20/20. after examining the video and reading about the wall issue, couldn't at the very least, with all the monies involved, couldn't the metal surfaces have been covered with some kind of protective material? is that too much?

Since: Feb 07

Coulterville, CA

#11 Feb 13, 2010
man on the street wrote:
they say hindsight is 20/20. after examining the video and reading about the wall issue, couldn't at the very least, with all the monies involved, couldn't the metal surfaces have been covered with some kind of protective material? is that too much?
For sure, even a simple catch net would do it.
andet1987

United States

#12 Feb 13, 2010
hey wrote:
Who is Omar? Who is Lugar? Slow down the video.
a luge is a sled. the person who uses it is a luger. Nodar Kumaritashvili, a luger from the Republic of Georgia, died from accident, a human error.

Since: Nov 08

Location hidden

#13 Feb 13, 2010
Those Canadian Socialists killed him with their little socialist brains.
andet1987

United States

#14 Feb 13, 2010
Jacob Teale wrote:
<quoted text>Freak?
No, it was an EXPECTED accident. Just like when NASCAR cowboy hit the wall and a wheel flys off and kills someone. That's what the crowd came to see.
Just like a boxing match, people pay good money to see jackasses take one.
yes, exactly. just like a wrestling match. the arena is full packed. people love to watch the brutal violence, someone bleeding, etc. i love to watch a wrestling match too. but not the bleeding, no. i like to watch their stunts and skills. also, some men wrestlers wear sexy briefs with nice face and body.

Since: Feb 07

Coulterville, CA

#15 Feb 14, 2010
Eighthman wrote:
Those Canadian Socialists killed him with their little socialist brains.
ha, but our Marxist brains are bigger than there's.
hMMM

Wayne, PA

#16 Feb 14, 2010
tHEN WHAT DID.
larry

Burlington, Canada

#17 Feb 14, 2010
Eighthman wrote:
Those Canadian Socialists killed him with their little socialist brains.
YEAH!to bad we don't have a great NON-SOCIALST like your President.Look home first PINKO...Its you who has a commie as your president MORON!OOH sorry I mean COMRADE.
bowdred

United States

#18 Feb 14, 2010
when you enter fast pace races you go in knowing that it could be your last race. having said that those beams should have been covered. sorry that he died in such away but that's to be expected when speed plays a factor. my prayers goes out to his family.
bowdred

United States

#19 Feb 14, 2010
andet1987 wrote:
<quoted text>
a luge is a sled. the person who uses it is a luger. Nodar Kumaritashvili, a luger from the Republic of Georgia, died from accident, a human error.
very well explained!!!
andet1987

United States

#20 Feb 14, 2010
bowdred wrote:
<quoted text> very well explained!!!
thank you Bowdred :)

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