Georgian bobsleder killed in preparation for Olympics
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Georgia republic luger Nodar Kumaritashvili dies after training crash over wall at Whistler - ESPN
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Just saw the video of the crash on CTV! Unbelievable, he didn't have a chance!

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I WISH I HADNT WATCHED THE VIDEO...dude came out the turn way too early,he caught the inside corner and launched himself skyward twirling through the air till he walloped into the steel girder at a dead stop....horrid situation.horrible location for steel girders...they gotta put up a fence.ASAP.
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I WISH I HADNT WATCHED THE VIDEO...dude came out the turn way too early,he caught the inside corner and launched himself skyward twirling through the air till he walloped into the steel girder at a dead stop....horrid situation.horrible location for steel girders...they gotta put up a fence.ASAP.
agreed 100%... i wonder why there was no padding either
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although it's basically unheard of for a luge or skeleton athlete to jump track, i also don't see how you could not have a fence there (i don't think padding is the answer), especially considering officials know it's the fastest ever and people have been crashing on it consistently. i mean, you'd think the collective braintrust would clue-in and recognize that if someone hits that, they're probably going to die. you have to think worst case scenario when it comes to preventing this sort of thing.

rather heartbreaking to be honest.
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also, it's luge not bobsledding obv.
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although it's basically unheard of for a luge or skeleton athlete to jump track, i also don't see how you could not have a fence there (i don't think padding is the answer), especially considering officials know it's the fastest ever and people have been crashing on it consistently. i mean, you'd think the collective braintrust would clue-in and recognize that if someone hits that, they're probably going to die. you have to think worst case scenario when it comes to preventing this sort of thing.

rather heartbreaking to be honest.
It is.

To be honest, everytime I watch any of those types of sports, I envision something horrible happening. It's probably as rare as someone perishing while competing in any number of high speed sports, but with luge, the athlete seems so vulnerable.
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That video was horrible.

Unbelievable. Or... I guess, sadly believable.
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It is.

To be honest, everytime I watch any of those types of sports, I envision something horrible happening. It's probably as rare as someone perishing while competing in any number of high speed sports, but with luge, the athlete seems so vulnerable.
yeah. even a "good" luge or skeleton crash has the chance to be very damaging simply because of the incredible speeds, but at least if it's completely fenced in you keep their momentum going down the track which usually turns out well. i'm not sure organizers are to be completely lambasted since likely no other course has those precautions, though like i said with safety it's about going above and beyond.

i'm sort of surprised nobody hasn't broken their neck or something on ski aerials.
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yeah. even a "good" luge or skeleton crash has the chance to be very damaging simply because of the incredible speeds, but at least if it's completely fenced in you keep their momentum going down the track which usually turns out well. i'm not sure organizers are to be completely lambasted since likely no other course has those precautions, though like i said with safety it's about going above and beyond.

i'm sort of surprised nobody hasn't broken their neck or something on ski aerials.
I'm sure it'll be one of those things where they'll implement a whole bunch of changes in course safety because of this incident - much like the nets which now reside at the ends of NHL arenas.
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I WISH I HADNT WATCHED THE VIDEO...dude came out the turn way too early,he caught the inside corner and launched himself skyward twirling through the air till he walloped into the steel girder at a dead stop...
thats what i was thinking
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1. People make it sound like the "organizers" are to blame. Every single eye in the sport from the IOC, to the athletes, coaches, and officials see he course way before they ride it. Nobody cared until a guy hit the pole.

That said, you gotta fix that moving forward in that sport.

But honestly, people blaming the Vancouver olympic committee are incredibly stupid.
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where can i see a video of this?
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where can i see a video of this?
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Really scary incident They outta spend time making the sport safer or just plain out cancelling it to prevent this stuff from happening.
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