Friday, February 12, 2010
Luge Claims Another Life
Here's how well-respected, big-gun media has covered it:
USA Today "Luger's Death Casts Somber Tone . . ."
Vancouver Sun "Georgia's Minister of sport pleads for a full investigation after luger's death . . ."
and, with HD video, of course, from NBC Sports, "Olympic luger dies . . ."
I'm not going to make this a rant on the internet, media or anything else. You can figure that out yourself and if you can't, then enjoy replaying the video in slo-mo over and over again.
Now, I snowboard. I have hurt myself seriously enough - at 15 miles per hour. This guy was screaming along at 144 km/h - about 90! As a friend who once wrote about her experience as an amateur luge-r said, "It'll scare the f*cking sh*t out of you and I was only going about 30." So, what kind of idiot was Nodar?
Not the point, again. I want to know this - why on god's green earth did the brilliant architects designing the $100 million sliding track at Whistler save a little green to PAD THE FRAKING POLES on a track where people could indeed go hurtling through space OR construct mesh or acrylic shields or any other of a mess of safety stuffs that could absolutely have improved this poor guy's chances and reduced the risk of sudden, skull-cracking consequences whilst boring full-speed down an icy half-tube?
Just doesn't make sense. Morons. Geez.