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Cause of death: luger error

Georgian luger lost control at 145 km/hr


 

His death cast a shadow over the Vancouver 2010 Games. Now, a new report reveals exactly what happened in the seconds before Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili died. According to the International Luge Federation, Kumaritashvili made a late exit from the 15th corner of the luge track. He then entered the next turn late and low. Kumaritashvili likely lost control of his sled at around 145 km/hr. And while he tried to keep low around the 16th corner – putting his right hand down on the ice – the “radical steering
motion” threw his sled against the wall at an “exceptional” angle, launching both sled and driver into the air. The report notably dubs the luger’s death “unforeseeable,” and primarily blames driver error for his accident. Olympic officials in Vancouver have been criticized for designing a track that was too fast.

CBC News


 
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Cause of death: luger error

  1. OK, so he made a mistake. Is there a way to get the track designers to explain why a mistake killed someone? At worst, for a mistake made by a qualified athlete, he should have been busted up, not killed!

    • Why do race car drivers die when they make a mistake? In Nascar, the courses are ovals and people still die……

      • Sure, but they also have high fences to prevent cars from leaving the track and hitting a pillar.

        • But some still die

  2. "OK, so he made a mistake. Is there a way to get the track designers to explain why a mistake killed someone? At worst, for a mistake made by a qualified athlete, he should have been busted up, not killed!"

    Are you serious? These guys fly down an ice track on a board with skates attached to it @ 140 – 160 km / h. I'm sorry but if you make a mistake at that speed and your only protection is a helmet chances are you are dead. All atheletes who do these types of sports know the risks. Curious, if a stock car flies off the track and the driver dies do the designers of the race track take responsibility?

    The track passed inspection. It's an unfortunate incident but ultimately there is no one to blame really, except the athelete himself.

    • All true, but STILL that post (that stopped the frame of his body while his internal organs kept speeding along inside of him) looked terribly placed, even if his fate would have been sealed without it being there..

  3. Actually Bob race car drivers make mistakes multiple times every race. They very rarely die. If a luger made the exact same run and the exact same mistake the day after changes were made to the track he would still be alive. But of course that is 20/20 hindsight. I don't think the designers can be blamed for not foreseeing a 1 in a million event.

  4. from the van news paper he didnt even qualify for the olympics… I ask why did they put someone in the olympics who didnt have alot of expereince..So i would tend to think his death was due to a lack of experience, not the design of the track.

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