Sad. I feel for his family.
I always wanted to try thone of these things:
I just watched that luge accident. I looks like the guy just lost it. He was traveling at something over 140 kph when he flew out of the track. He hit a steel column and that is what killed him. They are going to raise the wall at the place where he went out. They won't be able to make it a hundred percent safe, but the international luge people have approved the changes.
I was thinking they could put plexiglass over all the steel columns (like hockey rink). Would be enough to keep the person inside since they would come at an angle.
But ya, what a horrific accident. No doubt he died on impact, moving at that speed.
Since the track had been built there were over 5000 luge runs down the track, without incident. Can't blame the track, unfortunately the rider made a mistake.
You're one of the few people in the world who feel that way. Suggest you take a look at the way the world press is reporting this attrocity.
From the NY Times:
"Before his crash Friday, Kumaritashvili had taken 25 runs here. The Canadian sliders averaged 250. "
"Ron Rossi, the chief executive of USA Luge, said he would propose a rule change that would provide for greater access and would fine track designers for violent crashes.
“I understand that countries want to win, but please justify to me why you wouldn’t let the Georgians train,” Rossi said Saturday. “I’ve been in the sport since 1977, and I have never dealt with anything like this. Lots of drivers make errors, but they don’t come flying out of the track. They need to be asking questions about lack of training time, lack of track designer accountability.”