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Olympic luger killed in crash

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Posted 13 February 2010 - 11:22 PM

Well, from a technical perspective, the luger did indeed make a mistake. They happen. If he hadn't made a technical error, he wouldn't have crashed.

But, from the perspective of a motorcycle roadracer, it is up the the officials/track operators to assure that the result of such mistakes is NOT death!

All that said, there will still be those "freak" occurrences that cost a racer his life--one cannot control "landing just right"--but the facility should NEVER be the cause of death. EVER.

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 12:14 AM

Just watching this evenings proceedings, and they're back at Whistler talking about the luge events... The reporter they're speaking with is a former bobsledder or former bobsled coach (I don't remember and I'm too lazy to pick up the remote and hit rewind).

Some of his comments I'd heard earlier - that the average speed of the last 6 events were ~80 mph, and that this track was running ~ 90 mph. He went on to say that 90 mph are speeds that should only be attempted by the 'elite' lugers.

He did go on to say though that the Italian luger who has won the last 2 olympic golds (and is considered a favorite this year) crashed earlier in the week. He's regarded as the most - or at least one of the most - technically sound lugers in the world, and he had difficulty with the course.

Also heard some more comments on the 'official report'. They said that the investigation found that there were no 'technical issues' with the track that caused the accident.

I guess technically the "issue" with the track didn't "cause" the accident, it merely just meant that the results of the accident were far worse than they might have been with a little better emphasis on safety....
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