February 15, 2010

When You Can't Celebrate

Yesterday I was very happy for Canada. Such a nice person and good sportsmen won first gold medal on Canadian soil for Canada. Alexandre Bilodeau made Canada very happy. I was happy for Canada too. I liked also his personality what I could see so far from TV interview. That was great feeling, I knew it was ...but to be honest I couldn't really celebrate emotionally. So sad. But I hope we will still win many other Gold medals and I will be there to pure our my emotional excitement.


Nodar's family is shocked by his death. Of course they are. We all are. I wish I could be for a day or two now in Georgia to express my condolences personally, but I am sure (not so much though when I see that they all, whole town need support and they all are in grief) relatives and friends will do everything possible to not to make them feel alone in such a hard time.

I read some articles and my conclusion is that one could survive this track named as most challenging track in the world, but one may not. And I don't like it. Of course all could go well and nothing may have happened, but we never would know, what sportsmen are really going trough. Problem is this trend to be first and best at challenging sportsmen, to create new and most challenging ... in the world even by risking their lives by neglecting safety issues. Father of Nodar says in one interview, that he thinks whole time what had happened, whether reason of his son's death was his own mistake or track itself, "But I know that he should never have been going that fast; that kind of speed is too much in this sport."

"The track is too fast," Joseph Fendt, president of the World Luge Federation, told London's Daily Telegraph. "We had planned it to be a maximum of 137 km/h but it is about 20km/h faster.

When the course was proposed in 2005, Lorenz Kosichek, project manager for the design firm Stantec, said: "It will be the most challenging track in the world."

The course was planned for speeds of 137 km/h. But this week, a racer hit 154 km/h.

After she nearly lost control Thursday, Australia's Hannah Campbell-Pegg said this to reporters:

"I think they are pushing it a little too much. To what extent are we just little lemmings that they just throw down a track and we're crash-test dummies? I mean, this is our lives.''

Officials had already told the planners of the 2014 Sochi Games, the speeds at Whistler were unacceptable.

In an interview with NBC, American luger Tony Benshoof said: "When I first got on this track, I thought that somebody was going to kill themselves."

Nonetheless, he [Mr. Baranowski] defended the construction of the Whistler track, saying the steel poles are standard at all tracks (they support a snow roof and lighting system) and that the course has protective wooden walls at the most difficult turns.

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  1. I'm not sure it's wise to "blame" the accident on anyone but I certainly understand that the family needs explanations. This is very sad.

  2. KhatiaCarolineFebruary 15, 2010

    One thing is clear, parents and public need answer. Now I can't add anything to what I already wrote. The question goes to specialists.

  3. KhatiaCarolineFebruary 15, 2010

    Looks like after I made my post CNN journalist also made one after some hours about safety in sport: http://www.cnn.com/2010/SPORT/02/15/winter.sports.dangerous/index.html?eref=rss_topstories&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+rss/cnn_topstories+(RSS:+Top+Stories)


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