"I think they are pushing it a little too much," Australia's Hannah Campbell-Pegg said Thursday night after she nearly lost control in training. "To what extent are we just little lemmings that they just throw down a track and we're crash-test dummies? I mean, this is our lives."
The athlete had had trouble in executing the difficult dive in practice. Anticipating tragedy, other divers along with U.S. Coach Bob Rydze could not watch his competition effort. Said Rydze in anger after the July 10 accident: "It's the coach's responsibility to make sure his divers are not attempting dives they're not capable of doing."
After seeing those pictures, I am absolutely stunned that there isn't anything to stop people from hitting those poles. The track was completed in 2008, fer crissakes. There should have been enough time to identify this issue and correct it.
I wonder if, yes, the poles had been padded, and if his helmet had not come off, he would have lived.
There is one way to make this sport safe: Ban it. Those calling for a "safer track" might as well be calling for a luge ban.
Canadian Olympic officials are cultivating a "home course advantage" by limiting competitors experience on these tracks. It's happening in the sliding and the skiing sports.
The death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili was a result of the athlete losing control of his sled and not an unsafe track, the International Luge Federation said Friday night in a statement.
As for the "fuck the Own the Podium program" bullshit? Get a fucking clue. It's a national athletics program, not a kneecapping industry...The Whistler course is our home course, so of course we have more time on it. Don't like it? Tough titty. Home court advantage - deal with it.
I hate that people use this terrible tragedy in a sport that's inherently dangerous as an excuse to heap ignorant blame and scorn on scapegoats.
The FIL's technical officials concluded that "there was no indication that the accident was caused by deficiencies in the track," leaving human error to blame.
I'm sorry, but it sounds like they're blaming the victim to avoid the appearance of responsibility and culpability for his death.— Davenhill
Actually, the truth is that I've a bee in my bonnet: I take an awful lot of shit for calling out “America” for its depraved and sociopathic behaviours on the global stage, vis a vis slaughtering tens and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians and the Gitmo/Abu Ghraib tortures and so on and so forth. Endless howls of how unfair it is to blame America because not all Americans are douchebags. And yet here we are, witnessing endless cries of Blame Canada. The duplicity is remarkable. It seems we've a double standard here on MeFi.
Calling the Olympic sliding track "stupid fast," American women's bobsledder Shauna Rohbock said the venue where a luger was killed last week could generate speeds that are too dangerous for racing.
"It's just so fast," Rohbock said Friday night, later adding, "I think they went a little overboard on this track."
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