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    Quote Originally Posted by RYou View Post
    Bull shit - they're in denial. It is expected that lugers and bobsledders will lose control. The Georgian created such a high G force coming out of the turn he couldn't control the sled. That's the result of track design, not sledder error. Allowing exposed steel beams at the exit of a turn is ludicrous. That type of accident was foreseeable. The sledders had expressed concern about the safety of the track months ago and even yesterday before the accident when it was first brought on line.

    By the way, it's the same track where they will run the 2 and 4 man bobsled. The luge flies, but that four man bob will have a lot more inertia.

    You could be right RYou; I still think the poor guy's run was "off" from the start, but the track should be engineered to protect people who make mistakes. The first post of this thread ("let's turn Canada into another Alaska" ect) kind of put me on the defensive. I don't mean to be an apologist for a dangerous track.

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    Sweet move by Ohno to take the lead and then blow away the field in his first round race.

    Went from 5th to ahead by a quarter lap in about 2 seconds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arm-spin View Post
    You could be right RYou; I still think the poor guy's run was "off" from the start, but the track should be engineered to protect people who make mistakes. The first post of this thread ("let's turn Canada into another Alaska" ect) kind of put me on the defensive. I don't mean to be an apologist for a dangerous track.
    i wasn't trying to offend anybody, i was making a joke, which typically come across the wrong way on message boards, and so it did again. i am a fan of canada, it was where we all flocked to when we turned 19, great country. i really meant no disrespect.

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    Luge crash is still haunting me. It could have be avoided. What a waste of a human life on some people to stupid to have enough foresight. Really bothers me.

    Reminds of the crash Senna had in the 94 San Marino GP. That guy shouldn't have died. It could have been completely avoided as well if someone had thought out their barricades a little better. Both so tragic.

    There was a bit Brian Williams did on the dangers on the Winter Sports. Really made me stop & wonder about the risks these people take. That kid who stabbed himself with his own skate? Wow. There is challenging but then again maybe there really is a little crazy. God bless these men & women when they compete. I mean really....

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    Quote Originally Posted by arm-spin View Post
    The luge crash was awful. There have been concerns about the track for a while, though the investigation found that slider error rather than a defective track led to the accident. They showed the fatal run in slow-motion several times, the poor guy was wobbling all over the place from the start.
    http://www.cbc.ca/olympics/luge/stor...uge-probe.html

    So basically they're saying if you get off the track, you'll die. Good thing there is such room for error.

    They screwed up bad. It is a horrible tragedy.

    Almost as disturbing is the way the mans death is being displayed daily for everyone to see. I did not realize they were showing the actual accident until the guy flew up.
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    Hell Ya! Canada wins it's first gold medal, Alex Bilodaeu (spelling?) just won the men's moguls. He beat a Canadian-turned-Australian guy, adding some drama to the win.

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    I think the georgian president best "a sports error should not lead to a death." what a disgrace by whoever planned out that course.

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    Problems with the 2 man bob already, 11 spills yesterday as sleds overturned in the corners. The apprehension has led the COC / IOC to authorize more practice runs than ordinarily allowed. Obviously this to is minimize TV aired spillage that will only add to the current criticism of the track design.

    The Whistler resort is privately owned and in dire financial trouble. It almost hit the auction block before the games. It is going to be a costly proposition to redesign / modify the structure as a portion at the top end has been removed from use for the remainder of the games.

    More design problems at alpine skiing and snowboarding. The facility used bales of straw as underlying structure to raise the height of spectator areas. With the warm weather and snow melt, the straw has softened and rotted making for shaky footing. COC has already cancelled ticketing for snowboarding, ski jumping and some side views for alpine skiing. 28,000 tickets for snowboarding had to be refunded at over $50CN per, over 15000 for ski jumping.

    So you bought those tickets on eBay or through a 2nd hand dealer? You're out of luck, the refunds went to the original purchaser of record from the COC in the form of a credit card credit. Ouch !
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    Skeleton ! Yeah I can do that, it's old fashion sledding, albeit the sleds don't have handles anymore. It's possible an old man can go for the gold.
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