Monday, February 15, 2010

Canadian authorities losing the high ground

James Lawton argues that the death of 21 year old Nodar Kumaritashvili is due to the moral blindness of the Canadian Olympic authorities. Kumaritashvili had just 26 practice runs as opposed to 200 for the homeboy Canadians. The head of the American luge team, Ron Rossi was especially cutting in his criticism: "The Canadians have to be answerable for their position on training. A track like this demanded the weaker athletes get more time...They knew they had problems from day one. They had people hitting the wall and going airborne. If you were already concerned about it and you already raised the wall, why didn't you keep going? And why didn't you protect the [metal] posts at the chance that maybe something could happen. I'm not the one to answer but that's the kind of question that needs to be asked."

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