VIDEO: Erin Hamlin, Luge Champions Cautions Against Focusing on Luge Tragedy Video.Â Erin Hamlin, a female luge champion from the US cautions that focusing on the Olympic Luge tragedy makes the sport of luging difficult.
Why? For starters, the changes made to the Whistler Track after Nordar Kumaritashvili crashed slows down the start. This makes luging difficult for those who have trained on a faster course.
Nodar Kumaritashvili was a 21 year old Georgian luger who died tragically during a training event at Vancouver’s Whistler track.Â He came out of the second to last turn late, and failed to compensate, lost control of his track, and flew out of the luge track and in to a metal pole – at over 80 mph.
Some people are curious why there wasn’t a higher retaining wall or padding on the medal support beams that he struck during his crash.Â Still yet, the incident was due to “human error.”
Even though many outside the sport of luging are happy that the Olympic committee slowed things down a bit by lowering the starting point and encouraging slower speeds, Erin Hamlin warns that the changes made are frustrating, at best, for lugers.
See a video of her speaking below.