Anyone watching Olympic coverage the past few days has no doubt hear about (if not seen thanks to the internet, BTW see attached video...) of Friday’s tragic accident where Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili flew off the track and smacked a steel pole at somewhere around 90 miles per hour.
Saturday, the Coroner’s Service of British Columbia and the International Luge Federation released their findings on the matter:
"It appears after a routine run; the athlete came late out of curve 15 and did not compensate properly to make correct entrance into curve 16. This resulted in a late entrance into curve 16 and although the athlete worked to correct the problem he eventually lost control of the sled resulting in the tragic accident.
"The technical officials of the FIL were able to retrace the path of the athlete and concluded there was no indication that the accident was caused by deficiencies in the track.
"Based on these findings the race director, in consultation with the FIL, made the decision to reopen the track following a rising of the walls at the exit of curve 16 and a change in the ice profile. This was done as a preventative measure, in order to avoid that such an extremely exceptional accident could occur again."
In laymen's term that means Nodar fucked up coming out of turn 15 and flew off the track after losing control coming into turn 16.
In case you have not seen the video check it out (warning: it is pretty hard to watch, so you might not want to if you are squeamish...)
Talk about the agony of defeat...