Nodar Kumaritashvili crash video – luger scared of track.Â Nodar Kumaritasvili went down in Olympic history, but not in the way he had intended when he headed to Vancouver for the Olympics.Â He died after crashing during the training at the Whistler track on Friday.
The Whistler track has long been hailed as dangerous.Â The Luging federation recommends only 85 mph as top speeds for the luge. However, some competitors were clocking 96 mph on the Whistler track during training.
Some fellow lugers feel that Kumaritashvili’s inexperience was to blame for his death.Â The federation even said that the death was caused by human error.
However, officials have lowered the start and have padded the metal beams that played a role in the death.Â If the death were really because of complete human error, it wouldn’t seem as if they would take these measures.
Some fellow racers have been criticized as insensitive.Â A Canadian racer complained that the home advantage was basically gone, and a German racer that competed on the track last year said the women’s race is now a “kids race” after the changes that were made.
You can view the Nodar Kumaritashvili death video HERE.Â What do you think – was it his fault, or the track or the combination of the two?