Luge made fast changes after tragedy

The following is an excerpt from an article posted at

Even before the recent British Columbia coroner’s report concluded that the death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili in a crash on the Olympic run in Vancouver was accidental, the international federation was taking steps to make the sport safer for next winter’s World Cups and global championships.

The changes include lower starting lines, higher walls, and less severe curves as well as revised qualifying standards.

Though the 21-year-old slider’s father was furious that the report found that his son’s “relative lack of experience’’ was a factor in his fatal crash on a training run, it was clear that Kumaritashvili, who was ranked 44th in the world, had trouble handling the Whistler track dubbed the “Elevator Shaft,’’ where speeds exceeded 90 miles per hour.

Besides reducing the velocity to 83 m.p.h. for the Sochi track in 2014 and adding more training time, the luge federation also will perform the comprehensive safety audit the coroner recommended.

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2 Responses to Luge made fast changes after tragedy

  1. Cyber Monday says:

    I agree with the Luge changes. Thanks for the insight.

  2. I also agree. I love the sport, but it needs to be safer

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