Tragic accident in Vancouver - Olympic Luge Slider Dies

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    Olympic Luge Slider Dies In Horrific Crash

    Nodar Kumaritashvili, a Georgian luge slider competing at the Vancouver Olympics, died today after crashing during a training run and hitting a metal pole. He was 21.

    According to the Vancouver Sun, Kumaritashvili was traveling at speeds greater than 90 miles per hour at the time of the crash.

    The luge track had been called the fastest ever, and the AP notes that concerns were raised even before the fatal crash

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    How sad
     
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    Very sad!
     
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    Wow! I just watched the video.
    I hope they do something before sending someone else down the run.
     
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    That's awful! His poor family.
     
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    Bad start for the games.
     
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    So sad. I watched the video. That track needs to be shut down. It's design in and of itself is life-threatening to anyone who dares go down it. Those poles are WAY too close to the track and there is no protection for the Luger. They fly off that one, they're dead. End of story.

    My condolences to this young man's family. I understand his father is the head of the the Georgian Luge Federation. This sport was obviously very important to this young man and his family. I'm sure he will be deeply missed by all who loved him, including his many fans.
     
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    Its a shame.
    Watch how the Olympic organizers try to blame it on the victim. They created a track with little margin for error and no safety barriers in place if you made a mistake going 95 mph
     
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    Some of you don't seem to understand that there's going to be risk involved when you're flying 95 mph down a slide of ice on just a skinny little sled.

    There's only so much saftey measures that can be taken. There's still the opportunity for something to go wrong and someone to be hurt or killed.

    People drive 95 mph on the highway everyday, and everyday someone is killed somewhere. Do we "shut down" driving?
     
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    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this young man.
    What a tragedy and just so sad.
     

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