Saturday, February 13, 2010

Two things I find outrageous with regard to the Nodar Kumaritashvili tragedy

1. That the Houston Chronicle ran a front-page photo of the moment of Kumaritashvili's death as his body crashed into the steel pole.

2. What the hell -- I mean, seriously, what the HELLLLLLLL!!!! -- were the track designers thinking? Okay, granted, I've worked for three years in a company that's fanatical about safety, but still, you have people hurtling down a track at insane speeds (89 mph at the moment Kumaritashvili lost control), with no seatbelts...and you have unpadded steel poles lining the edge of the track????!!!!?????. Who in [failing to summon an adequately non-Baptist expletive] though that was even marginally sane?????

Well, apparently Georg Hackl, who said he thought the track was safe "shortly before the accident" according to ESPN.

You people are out of your mind, those of you who designed that track with those poles and then approved it. There is no way in hell -- absolutely no way in aitch ee double-hockey-sticks -- that anybody working for BG would ever in a million years have approved that design.



At 6:12 PM, Blogger said...

Nodar Kumaritashvili’s death is a tragedy! Luge looks like such a neat sport, but also very dangerous at the same time. His death will cast a pall over these Olympic Games. RIP


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