First we saw this: Record luge run prompts safety fears :
Austria’s Manuel Pfister clocked the fastest speed ever recorded by a luger at Whistler’s Sliding Centre on Thursday, prompting fears that sliders have now reached the absolute limit of what is safe.
Then, we read this, from The Sun article posted earlier today, about the potentially treacherous design of the Whistle Sliding Centre :
“Please, let there be no accidents there because that could kill the sport,” said Andy Schmid, the performance director of British Skeleton, who condemns as irresponsible the Canadian authorities’ decision to limit practice time for overseas competitors to just 40 training runs compared with the 300-plus runs set aside for Canadian athletes.
“People have the argument that it’s just home advantage and that’s normal for an Olympic host country, but it’s different for sports involving high speed. Can you imagine in Formula One nobody being allowed on a track because somebody has home advantage?”
And tragically, now, this: Olympic luger dies after high-speed Whistler track crash
Tragedy struck the Winter Olympics on Friday morning when Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili, 21, flew off the track at high speed, smashed into a metal girder and died after being rushed to hospital.
A tragedy indeed. My condolences to family and friends alike.
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