Very sad. There is talk that there is a problem with the track.
A related story from Feb 3rd
One athlete was just saying that some people have hit 97 mph on this luge track. It is the fastest track in the world.
egad, I just saw the video. He flies off the track and right into a cement or steel post. Yeah, I'd say there is a problem with the track.
It is the most dangerous too.
Blackcomb needs to get their heads out of their arse and create a safe track. There has been accidents before, and they have been told to fix the problems and they havent.
This p***es me off. There is no reason anyone should have died on that track. Injuries from lack of concentration I can expect, but no one should ever leave the track.
Do we really need ever faster, deadlier sports in order to entertain ourselves?
I like the ice skating because it takes talent, not just athletic prowess. That's really all I watch.
Very sad. He was a very young man to have gotten to this level of luge, and this track is VERY fast. Looking at the video on the evening news, he went very high in that last sweeping curve, and then slammed down into the opposite side of the track and rocketed off course into unpadded obstructions. At those high speeds, it might be possible for sliders to encounter aerodynamic unloading that they have never experienced before, and lose control. Those sleds are very light and the sliders are more like human bullets.
Good luck to Maine's Julia Clukey. She has been plagued with injuries this season. Stay on course.
Our favorite is the team figure skating. The sheer amount of balance and coordination it takes to pull off some of the things they do will forever leave me astonished. Just the choreography alone is quite an accomplishment, but to then do it on ice!?!? :surprised:
We also like to see the gymnastics / tumbling events.
It was indeed very sad to see. I saw the video as well - he didn't stand a chance. I can't believe that they didn't have railings there - even a sheet of plexiglass between the beams would have probably saved his life.
At the point that a human body is flying along at 90+ mph on nothing but a board, the safety precautions are paramount. It certainly takes great skill as well as speed to get the fastest average speed, or shortest course time, but there's something very wrong with the system where some guy flies off the track at ~90 mph. The body isn't designed to take high speed impacts.
RIP Nodar Kumaritashvili.
My condolences to his family and friends.
You're right. Any kind of slick barrier to herd a slider back down onto the track would have been far preferable to nothing. I hope the lack of such barriers is not driven by the desire to have open video-cam access to the track without the sports-photographers having to shoot through plexi.
How many people die annually from this sport?
There are surprisingly few injuries in this sport considering the speeds involved, and very few fatalities.
I thought so. I didn't go through all the thread but was just replying to ..
The athletes themselves are speaking out against it.
I would disagree. It is something like putting a ban on driving.
Like driving? That's ridiculous. Have you seen the precautions and gear that sports car drivers have to prevent injury?
Exactly. When you look at the histories of auto and motorcycle racing, as speeds increased, and injuries/fatalities began increasing, safety precautions were improved. Barriers have been designed to reduce impact force; vehicle/engine design restrictions to limit speed; driver/rider personal safety equipment improvements.
I would agree with both of you if you can prove that number of injuries/fatalities in this sport are concerning. According to this
there have been 5 deaths since 1964 which doesn't look concerning to me.
The point is that this particular track is unnecessarily dangerous.
Not to mention, not that many people luge competitively, do they? So number of deaths and injuries should be very small. Compared to the percent of deaths in pro car & motorcycle racing, it looks high.
As a ratio I'm sure that luge is more safe than racing cars, for the crowd and the participants. As well where are the reports about it being due to the dangerous track? I've been hearing reports of a malfunction with the sled. Just because it looks dangerous to you and the fact that it's the fastest track in the world means nothing imo.
So, would you say that the athletes saying this is an unsafe track is not true?
I would say that the atheletes saying that they are scared to go down this track because it's rediculously fast does not mean that the track is unsafe, yes.
Have you ever driven or ridden a racetrack? Not luge, a paved (or dirt) racetrack?
What about the claims that it's unsafe?
I have not that I see how that is relevant to the safety of the track, just because it allows you to reach maximum speeds has nothing to do with how fast you should try to go.
I haven't really seen any atheltes claiming the track is unsafe. I've heard them say many things about the track but nothing regarding how safe it was built. Here is one of the things an athlete has said:
As well the athlete who was in the accident had other accidents on this track and his average speed was 88km/h... that's quiet a bit lower than what the rest of the athletes have been going on the track.
IMO it is more to do with human error or malfunctioning equipment than a dangerous track.
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