"Track is too fast, says head of luge federation" - Vancouver Sun

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    Feb 17, 2010 12:23 AM GMT
    "The International Olympic committee is investigating how the course, originally designed for speeds of 137 km/h, allowed athletes to set world records of more than 153 km/h. Those speeds had athletes and officials questioning course safety leading up to the Games and Friday's death of a Georgian luger.

    "The track is too fast," Joseph Fendt, president of the World Luge Federation, told London's Daily Telegraph. "We had planned it to be a maximum of 137 km/h but it is about 20km/h faster.

    "We think this is a planning mistake.''

    When the course was proposed in 2005, Lorenz Kosichek, project manager for the design firm Stantec, said: "It will be the most challenging track in the world."

    Reached Friday, after the death of luge competitor Nodar Kumaritashvili, Kosichek said it was "too soon" to address serious safety concerns which were expressed long before the tragic accident."

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    Feb 17, 2010 4:51 AM GMT
    wow, is it too soon to tell the cause of the accident for sure?
    if so, this is a real tragedy
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    Feb 17, 2010 4:54 AM GMT
    Man I nearly broke down and cried when I heard of that young man. Can you imagine being 21 and in the Olympics? He didn't even get a chance to compete. Obsolutely tragic.
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    Feb 17, 2010 5:00 AM GMT
    I reread the article, and it really appears to me now that the track was the cause. There's enough evidence to suggest that to me.