Monday, March 01, 2010
The agony of defeat! 2010 the Olympics of crashes
I first want to say the 2010 winter Olympics is under a cloud. Yes it is under the cloud of Nodar Kumaritashvili death on the luge track everyone was afraid of. Before that horrific accident there was 12 accidents and that particular turn known as 50/50 because you stood a 50% chance of not making it.
We hear nothing about it other than the accident being blamed on driver error. However I heard on MSNBC that just prior to the accident a foil had been put on the track to prevent melting, Nodar was not aware of it and was blinded by the reflection. I never heard another line about it just that it was blamed on him and not the track that all said as too fast and it was slowed down. Horrific crash video be forewarned
As you know, that was before the Olympics even started. The whole Olympics has been under a cloud of serious accidents. The 2010 Olympics has to be second to none in that category! The design of the luge was said to be good but alterations were made after the accident. The ski slopes were one accident after the other. Sometimes they fell right out of the gate. The chopper was well used ferrying to the hospital.
Could have been venue designs but every year it becomes more and more necessary to risk ones life. The need for speed to capture Olympic gold has more and more become death defying. More attention has to be paid to the design and safety of courses. Events have become scary to watch let alone participate in.
The worst crash besides Nodar's was not even physical it was mental. I believe poor Sven Kramer will have nightmares the rest of his life. After crossing the line faster than anyone in the 10,000m, Kramer learned he skated the final eight laps in the wrong lane Tuesday. The amateurish blunder could be blamed on his coach but, in the end, the greatest long distance speed skater in the world paid for the mistake in the worst way. He was disqualified! Lane-switching gaffe costs Kramer gold medal | NBC Olympics
Slovakia hockey forward Lubos Bartecko out for the duration Slovakia hockey forward Lubos Bartecko out for the duration
The Latest is American Lindsey Vonn not only crashed on her giant slalom run today, but she broke her little finger on her right hand. She lost control of her skis partway through the run, then smashed into the safety nets Lindsey Vonn Breaks Finger In Giant Slalom Crash - Lindsey Vonn ...
There was so many ski accidents it was the topic of conversation at the VA while I was waiting for my appointment. A whole program was devoted to them and one female Russian skier was flown away trussed up so tight she appeared to be in a body bag but came out fine. A Swiss skier crashed, a couple of Canadian skiers, a couple Russian's, a couple Americans, Bode Miller won his medals but he went down too. The worst crashes of the 2010 Winter Olympics
It has been an Olympics of accidents. It has also been an exceptional Olympics in my mind!