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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:43 pm
 


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“I think they are pushing it a little too much,” Australia’s Hannah Campbell-Pegg said Thursday night after she nearly lost control in training. “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.”


Very good question. Good epitaph too.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:51 pm
 


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I see the IOC has already had the video pulled.


What, they think if no one sees that it never happened ?


Personally, I'm glad. Out of respect for the families and fellow athletes.


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“I think they are pushing it a little too much,” Australia’s Hannah Campbell-Pegg said Thursday night after she nearly lost control in training. “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.”


Very good question. Good epitaph too.

Euhmm... you don't HAVE to do this sport... There is a reason why I am not...
You choose to make a crash test dummy out of yourself if you want to participate in a dangerous sport. Don't start bitching.
It's bad enough this guy died, but excuse me, it IS the risk you take that comes with the sport...


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:52 pm
 


I hope whoever gave the OK to build the fastest track in the world realizes they have blood on their hands.

Good grief, they were estimating they would hit 100mph during these games.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:54 pm
 


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I hope whoever gave the OK to build the fastest track in the world realizes they have blood on their hands.

Good grief, they were estimating they would hit 100mph during these games.



Bet the designer and builders are having a good day.


Is the luge track in Calgary still working ? ;)


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:54 pm
 


I'm assuming the track was approved by the IOC for olympic competition, no one can forsee this kind of accident, though in retrospect (this isn't the first crash this week) it should be examined.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:54 pm
 


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andyt wrote:
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“I think they are pushing it a little too much,” Australia’s Hannah Campbell-Pegg said Thursday night after she nearly lost control in training. “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.”


Very good question. Good epitaph too.

Euhmm... you don't HAVE to do this sport... There is a reason why I am not...
You choose to make a crash test dummy out of yourself if you want to participate in a dangerous sport. Don't start bitching.
It's bad enough this guy died, but excuse me, it IS the risk you take that comes with the sport...


I don't think she's bitching. I think she's adding some much needed reflection on the whole thing. She won't win with that attitude, but she may go on to live a happy life instead.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:56 pm
 


Like all "speed" sports, athletes push to the limit.
Seems that sometimes, there's a very thin line between winning and crashing.
Luge, bobsled, downhill skiing and cycling will probably never be 100% safe.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:56 pm
 


Choban wrote:
I'm assuming the track was approved by the IOC for olympic competition, no one can forsee this kind of accident, though in retrospect (this isn't the first crash this week) it should be examined.


And has been. Before the announcement of Kumaritashvili's death was made, they were already discussing potential safeguards/alterations that may be made today.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:57 pm
 


raydan wrote:
Like all "speed" sports, athletes push to the limit.
Seems that sometimes, there's a very thin line between winning and crashing.
Luge, bobsled, downhill skiing and cycling will probably never be 100% safe.


Every word true. As well, it's also up to the athlete to know their limits.


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Like all "speed" sports, athletes push to the limit.
Seems that sometimes, there's a very thin line between winning and crashing.
Luge, bobsled, downhill skiing and cycling will probably never be 100% safe.


Neither is life. In fact it has a 100% mortality rate. How much you want to hasten that event is in small part up to you, but the rest is all Ins'Allah.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:58 pm
 


andyt wrote:
Brenda wrote:
Euhmm... you don't HAVE to do this sport... There is a reason why I am not...
You choose to make a crash test dummy out of yourself if you want to participate in a dangerous sport. Don't start bitching.
It's bad enough this guy died, but excuse me, it IS the risk you take that comes with the sport...


I don't think she's bitching. I think she's adding some much needed reflection on the whole thing. She won't win with that attitude, but she may go on to live a happy life instead.

The moment that is your thought when you participate in a sport, you are in the wrong sport.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 2:02 pm
 


Ouch....that's terrible...my prayers to the family.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 2:02 pm
 


Brenda wrote:
The moment that is your thought when you participate in a sport, you are in the wrong sport.


I think anybody who's not psychotic must have those thoughts from time to time. I certainly did in the back country, crossing an avalanche slope or jumping off some cornice. But it was just too much fun to quit. I've taken a good slide down a steep slope, with cliffs below, and started bargaining. First it was, I hope I don't get any bruises, then, i hope i don't break something, in the end it was just "i want to live." I walked away, and went right back up for another run. Maybe not so smart.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:02 pm
 


He died. :(


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