Fast-Track Tragedy: Shame on 2010 Winter Olympics

Posted by JTMUSIC on Feb. 13, 2010

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So this is what the Olympics have become, a dateline for a death sport. It wasnt enough for organizers to build a safe, practical sliding track on Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler. No, they had to design a $105 million monster that turned the luge into a joyride to hell, with wicked turns, a 152-meter drop -- the worlds longest -- and a surface so rapid that it lured racers to approach 95 mph.Too fast. Too dangerous. And too deadly for a mere sled -- basically, a missile upon which a human being slides face-up and feet-first, vulnerable to his immediate demise.All week, there have been crashes on the course, more than a dozen in total, one that left a Romanian athlete unconscious for a brief time. And all week, not a soul from the International Olympic Committee, the International Luge Federation or the Vancouver organizing committee expressed concerns about the wipeouts. Nevermind that one racer had described the 13th curve as the 50-50 Curve, based on the odds of a crash. Nevermind that 15 months

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