This is about the Olympics 2010 in Vancouver and the terrible death of the young man on the right at the beginning of the Olympics. He was only 21 years old from the Republic of Georgia. He died when he fell off the track during the luge run and hit a steel bar which was unprotected by any kind of foam padding. It is clear that there are still all kinds of steel bars still exposed but the IOC (International Olympic Committee) still give us their “stock” answers that the track is safe. If the track is safe why then did they modify it with an extra wall and protection around some of the steel barriers along the side of the track?
I watched last night the small track speed skating and the broadcasters mentioned that the side of the arena (the boards) is actually a 1-2 foot thick foam padding that is cushioned if an athlete falls into it?
Why is there protection for skaters but not for lugers? Again last night in the two man bobsled race there was an accident but everyone was okay when the bobsled turned over on a curve and I am sure all of the IOC members are holding their breath hoping another tragedy does not occur. It’s shameful that these events do not take safety as the number one thing.
Daniel … Toronto, Canada