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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Olympics restricted practice on deadly luge track by non-Canadians to hoard medals for the host- NY Times

NY Times: "What should have been taken much more seriously, of course, were complaints about excessive speeds at the luge track. For a year, athletes expressed their concerns. No one listened, and Nodar Kumaritashvili of Georgia died after losing control at nearly 90 miles an hour.

In building the world’s fastest track, luge officials also made it too dangerous.

It is the same reckless appropriation of the Olympic motto – Faster, Higher, Stronger – that drives athletes to enhance their chances through better if illicit chemistry."

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