Desert road :
Willfully , or not, you misunderstand me. The course was definitely designed to be "Cutting edge " whether , or how far a line has been crossed , is yet to be seen...from all I've read there's no doubt that it has been decided , by the sport, that future courses will not be so fast. In other words this course was seen as the upper limits (for now ) that should be attempted.
Without question , every team who has access to the course being used in a particular event has always taken advantage of their opportunity. That isn't debatable.
But no-one is shrugging this off. An extensive investigation into the accident is underway.It's extremely inappropriate and insulting to Canada and to the professionals who designed the course to be throwing terms like negligence about when the investigation is barely underway. If they miscalculated , I'm sure they'll be devastated, in fact they probably are already.Don't forget these people are intimately involved in the sport . As a Canadian , I feel sure we will take responsibility for any fault on our part that may eventually be pointed out , as anyone should.
Edit : " underhanded" ? That is another unconscionable slur. Have you heard the motto " Faster. Higher. Stronger." ? Where does that come from,I wonder ? That is what was being aimed for ..not reckless endangerment, advantage to be sure, but not unfair advantage.. God, I feel positively ill..
Tonichelle ; earlier,the CTV expert commentator for the sport , either a former slider or bobsledder, said that there was a freakish aspect to the accident in that , to quote him, "these courses are designed to hold the sledders in ", that occasionally you may see a sled come out, but he implied it was unheard of to see a sledder come out. I guess that explains the lack of barriers. The luge competition may be either cut back drastically, or canceled..we'll have to wait for answers.
Last edited by colleen o'neill; 02-12-2010 at 08:26 PM. Reason: outrage
I feel confident in using the term negligence because people have pointed out the course is dangerous before this accident happened. Multiple people, including athletes and coaches spoke up about the course. Not only that, but accidents, some of them resulting in injuries, happen a few times. Then we finally get to a fatal one which shuts down the course. That the course wasn't shut down or modified until things went from bad to worst case scenario is, to me, clearly negligence. Prior knowledge of potentially fatal result, nothing was done. Then we have the fatal result. It most certainly satisfies the claim of negligence in law, never mind internet discourse.