Loc: Hampstead, MD, USA
Who the hell puts steel beams next to a track with people going 90 mph where there is the chance for them to come out of the track? It's not like luge crashes have never happened, they happen all the time! Idiot design for sure.
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At nearly 100 mph, and looking at the placement of and distance btwn those pillars, it's likely nothing was going to save his ass. Luge is incredibly exciting to watch (and I can't begin to imagine the rush the riders get), but it's one of those sports where you have to ask "is it really worth the risk?"
During the ski jump run, the announcer said that the investigation is now complete. Death blamed on human error & inexperience. Nothing said about the exact cause of death. Then the cameras jumped to the luge. They placed some sort of white wall in front of the steel beams where the accident occurred supported by wooden planks. Also snow was added to the curve to cut down on the speed. No one should be able to go over 85 - 90 mph. Original setup, you could luge over 95 mph. When they showed the back of the wall which was unpainted, it appeared to be made of wood also.
During all of the above, both announcers kept mentioning how inexperienced this kid was even speaking with a few past & present lugers who all agreed with the "investigation results."
Now my question is this; If that kid was so inexperienced, how did he make it to the Olympics? Pure luck?
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