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Old 02-14-2010, 10:37 PM   #1
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Man dies in the olympics!!!

A man died in the olympics in his practice run in the luge.

http://www.cbsnews.com/1770-5_162-0....tcol;narrow;mt

This is really sad.
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Old 02-14-2010, 10:39 PM   #2
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Some how, I doubt there will be a massive public outcry for better luge engineering. While trajic, it's not that big of a deal. It's been made much bigger that it really should be. imo
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Old 02-14-2010, 10:41 PM   #3
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Old 02-14-2010, 10:41 PM   #4
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Some how, I doubt there will be a massive public outcry for better luge engineering. While trajic, it's not that big of a deal. It's been made much bigger that it really should be. imo
Heard they spent 100M making that luge
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Old 02-14-2010, 10:43 PM   #5
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This happened Friday night didn't it?
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Old 02-14-2010, 10:48 PM   #6
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Heard they spent 100M making that luge
Don't know, but people die doing far less dangerous stuff every day. Though trajic, and I feel for his family, the guy died doing something he loved. He knew the risks and that was part of the draw of the sport to him. I'm not gonna feel bad for a guy who dies in a syncronised sky diving accident either. His family? Yes. Him? No.
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Old 02-14-2010, 11:06 PM   #7
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Heard they spent 100M making that luge
Really and they did'nt get right!!! I saw the video and it didnt have to happen !! that turn was nasty and that hole side of the support beams should have been not exposted like that ...just my $0.02
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This is why the olympics shortened the track and highered the walls.
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Old 02-14-2010, 11:09 PM   #9
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so sad, I feel bad for his family and his teammates....... :(
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Old 02-15-2010, 01:39 AM   #10
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the track has been shortened and a wall has been added to that part of the track, also the lugers go much slower through that part of the track now with the shortened track
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Old 02-15-2010, 01:43 AM   #11
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Heard they spent 100M making that luge
The original track was the fastest luge run in the world. We build 'em fast up here in Canuckland.

Incredibly sad about that luger. :(
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additionally, it has been reported that it was likely driver error that resulted in the crash, rather than poor design. However, since it happened once, it could happen again so they took precautions to try and prevent something similar from happening again.

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Old 02-15-2010, 01:44 PM   #13
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I was up there in October, and the whole town of Whistler was raving about that rack. Saw it as the did some more tweaks. Had hundreds of successful runs, but they wanted to make it the biggest and fastest...sometimes, obviously, bigger and faster is not always better...sad, seemed like this coulda been prevented...
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Old 02-15-2010, 01:50 PM   #14
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the track has been shortened and a wall has been added to that part of the track, also the lugers go much slower through that part of the track now with the shortened track
They dont go MUCH slower. When Nadar crashed he was going around 88 MPH. Now, lugers STILL go that fast. The only difference is the first part of the course is slower.

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additionally, it has been reported that it was likely driver error that resulted in the crash, rather than poor design. However, since it happened once, it could happen again so they took precautions to try and prevent something similar from happening again.

and moved to the sports lounge
A lot of very experienced lugers were wrecking as well. It was a VERY difficult track to say the least.
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