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2010 Olympics: Nodar Kumaritashvili (Georgian luger) killed in training

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02-12-2010, 04:00 PM
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wow, just watched the video of this. its insane how quickly he came to a stop, especially after travelling so fast. hopefully before any more athletes get on this track the put some kind of protection up there.

as im sure youve heard this enough already, watch at your own discretion.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/0..._n_460474.html

its sad to think but his family couldve been there watching him

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This is just so so sad, RIP, just a tough way to start the Olympics.

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Is there anyother sites that show the accident?

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Is there anyother sites that show the accident?
http://www.ctvolympics.ca/video/inde...f-09d957013d41

Don't watch if you have a weak stomach, it's not pretty. R.I.P.

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Is there anyother sites that show the accident?
i just retried that link i posted, they changed the source to youtube, when i originally posted it, it was from a different source other than youtube. and evey youtube video feed is being taken down due to 'copywrite'.

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Wow i hope it was instant for the guy.

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i just retried that link i posted, they changed the source to youtube, when i originally posted it, it was from a different source other than youtube. and evey youtube video feed is being taken down due to 'copywrite'.
Never seen such an effort to clamp down and rip down every video put up virtually everywhere, as the IOC is doing right now. It's pretty unbelievable (and maybe understandable--I haven't seen it. Every link is taken down within seconds it seems).

That section where the crash took play does look very dangerous. They should add netting and padding to the concrete outer structure.

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Im trying to understand how the engineers who designed the course could possibly have these steel beams in such close proximity to not just the track itself but an obviously severe corner on the track no less!

Infuriating and tragic all the same.

Poor guy. RIP.

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Is the track poorly designed? There should be perhaps a much taller wall after the turn. If you fly off the track you hit those giant steel post. Just horrible.


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The $105-million sliding centre, on the southeast face of Blackcomb Mountain, has been billed as a wild ride and the crash happened at its fastest point.

The 1,450-metre course has 16 turns and drops steeply for 152 metres, the longest drop of any track in the world. The average grade is about 11 per cent, including two stomach-inverting drops of 20 per cent.

Canadian world champion skeleton racer Mellisa Hollingsworth has called the Whistler course the most challenging track in the world.

It was the second crash of the day on the course after defending Olympic champion Armin Zoeggeler of Italy lost control on the lower part of the track. He didn't appear to be injured. On Thursday, Romanian women's slider Violeta Stramaturaru crashed and had to be airlifted out.

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Officials have been widely critical of Canada’s decision to keep athletes off of the course to create a home-course advantage.


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Im trying to understand how the engineers who designed the course could possibly have these steel beams in such close proximity to not just the track itself but an obviously severe corner on the track no less!

Infuriating and tragic all the same.

Poor guy. RIP.
really? maybe cuase those beams are holding up the track? stupid engineers following the laws.......... really?

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really? maybe cuase those beams are holding up the track? stupid engineers following the laws.......... really?
Oh. YOur right. Good point by you. Obviously the track is safe. Happy sliding, genius!

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Never seen such an effort to clamp down and rip down every video put up virtually everywhere, as the IOC is doing right now. It's pretty unbelievable (and maybe understandable--I haven't seen it. Every link is taken down within seconds it seems).

That section where the crash took play does look very dangerous. They should add netting and padding to the concrete outer structure.
It's a pretty horrible video. Youtube might also be removing it in the name of good taste...watching a 21 year old die a sudden and violent death is not entertainment (the purpose of youtube).


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http://d0x.com/nodar-kumaritashvili-...-training.html

This one works.

Can't say stuff normally bothers me, but I can't get the image of him just laying there out of my head.

Not for the faint of heart.

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after watching the relay this morning and all the support around the city i was so full of olympic spirit and canadian pride i was about to burst at the seems

but this incident has completely halted me, it's terrible. i wish the best for his family and country and also wish i had skipped the video... and pictures

but to who ever said the games havent even started yet, yes they officially have - there were a few skiiing events this morning... but still, a sad sad sad start to the games

i dont understanda that sport, or the skeleton - they seem absolutely insane and dangerous.



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for anyone interested, NBC has a disgusting photo as the headline of their story on the incident... unbelievable...


http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/353691...lympic_sports/

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I cant believe they didn't even have at least padding on the metal bars or a net there

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Ugly and horrific crash, but I've seen much worse many times. Censorship muscle of the IOC working OT. The sad thing is: the worst thing about it to them is negative press.

In any case, RIP, Nodar. Hope you didn't suffer.

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Try this:

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I won't watch it again. Unreal.

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what a fkn stupid "sport" to start with.

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Try this:

http://digg.com/d31Id5k

I won't watch it again. Unreal.
Exactly there were warnings before watching the video but I wasn't expecting much other than maybe the guy flying off the course and then not being able to see anything. I am still trying to figure out why they even have this video posted.

As for the course, how the **** does that pass anykind of safety inspection.


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what a fkn stupid "sport" to start with.
Why is it "stupid"? What makes it less of a sport than any other well, sport?

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rip... I hope they fix that part of the track... i saw it and was like wtf.... why are the pillers not covered? or why is there not a wall there?

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Canadian Officials limiting other nations to practice is what really bothers me...

This "own the podium" mantra is forever tainted IMO.

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Awful and, as Everest says, maddeningly infuriating. I know nothing whatsoever about engineering. I am as cognitively challenged in spatial reasoning as they come, and even I can tell that you don't leave structural beams completely exposed at the exit of the fastest turn on the course. At that point in the course there should be no chance whatsoever that a wipeout could result in anything but the athlete continuing stright down the course, whether tumbling head over heels or simply sliding on his ass. How is it possible that there isn't - at the VERY least - strong netting lining the outside of the track at the exit points of all turns?

Goddammit so much - a COMPLETELY preventable death. Criminal negligence...


Interesting artcle posted this morning, obviously prior to this guy's death:

http://www.ctvolympics.ca/news-centr...2.html?cid=rss

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American luger Tony Benshoof told NBC: "When I first got on this track, I thought that somebody was going to kill themselves."


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