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David Letterman followed his opening-monologue jokes last night with a harsh critique of the way the Olympics official accused deceased luge competitor Nodar Kumaritashvili of making "a mistake."

Letterman stated:

“A ‘mistake’? I just wonder if it had anything to do with those exposed steel girders… Don’t blame the kid, for god’s sake. He had said to his dad. ‘I think something’s a little haywire here; I’m a little bit frightened about the track'…For them to say that he made a mistake, that just stinks.

"Why is it that they then repaired the track and covered up the girders and started [the race] from the wormen’s starting point? You know what it is? It’s hypocrisy, ladies and gentlemen."

We have to agree with Dave! The official's statements were insensitive about the tragic accident.

What do U think?

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94 comments to “Letterman Calls Olympic Official A Hypocrite!”



  1. 1

    I completely agree with Letterman.



  2. 2

    CMON, YOU FAT MORONS (AKA PEREZ)… THEY JUST WANNA AVOID A GIGANTIC LAWSUIT OF MUTHA FUCKA PROPORTIONS!!!!!!!!!! BLAME IT ON THE AL-AL-ALCO-ALCOHOL.



  3. 3

    GO! CANADA GO!



  4. 4

    Perez won't let me put up my picture of Britney Spears because it isn't very flattering - - - what's the matter Perez, is it because the Spears pay you to only publish GOOD things about that whack job??? This is a free county the last time I checked.



  5. 5

    I totally agree with Dave. That official should have his ass handed to him. A mistake is when you walk into the wrong restroom. A mistake is when you call your new boyfriend by your old boyfriend's name. A mistake is when you give $20 bucks for a $2 purchase, and walk away without your change.The boy is dead. Hardly a "mistake." More like a catastrophe!



  6. 6

    While I agree that the girders should have been covered, it would not have made a difference if they were padded or not if you hit them going 88 mph.
    It is a tragic accident and a great loss to the sport. However as his father told reporters he was afraid of that curve, which puts more focus and pressure on him. Which he legitimately made a mistake on. You can see him riding to high and losing control.



  7. 7

    A lot more information has since been released and all the athletes training on the course prior to the opening of the game have never had a issue, never had a luge come out from underneath them. I think it was insensitive to have an official say that but after 500+ runs you have to wonder if the man did make an error of judgement while on the course. As for the father being told by his son that the course was unsafe, I call bull. If it was a risk taking design and the hardest of its kind, but it takes personal judgement and decision to ride a course if it's "unsafe"



  8. 8

    i agree… they said it was the lugers fault but, they change the track. The also knew the track was faster then it was supose to be. The guy had already had done many test runs on the thing i think that he knew what he was doing. Those poles shoudnt have been exposed like that… he could possibly still be alive! I blame the track not the luger!



  9. 9

    i feel sorry for his family and it's a shame it happened but it's very easy for the father to now after the fact say his son said that. this is a dangerous sport, sadly it's a risk you take. people have been training on this site for years without incident. the wall was put up on the off chance another error happened and to satisfy people, nothing more. to say nodar made a mistake is not disrespectful, it's just the facts. people need to stop with the conspiracy theories. it was investigated by the authorities ….. it's not Olympic Officials lying. they have handled this unfortunate situation very beautifully and respectfully.



  10. 10

    I didn't watch the Olympics. I was out having a life.



  11. 11

    I agree with Letterman too!



  12. 12

    David Letterman fucks his interns and only confesses to his partner after all his lies have been exposed. He always joked about other celebrities and politicians who screwed around on their partners, then he got caught. He should look up the definition of hypocrisy. Until then he can go fuck himself.



  13. 13

    I think that the situation was awful, but it wasn't just the olympic official calling this a mistake made by the luger, the coroner said it as well. Yes the track should have been made safer, but Nodar went down that track almost 26 times, as well as having many many many other lugers go down without a fatal problem, so it is more likely that he changed something, say like went a little too high on a corner, and that was the problem, not that the track was not made safer. If the track was that dangerous than more injuries would have come about, no matter how experience a luger was. And I'm sorry but what idiot WOULDNT make more safety precautions after an accident like that. It's not hypocrisy it's making sure that even on a mistake, no one gets hurt. Anyways, no matter what happened, it was tragic, and it shouldn't have happened to begin with whether it was the luger or the officials fault.



  14. 14

    I totally agree,100%,with Dave. There is definitely a cover-up and then to blame the poor guy who died is criminal! The truth will come out. I feel sorry for his family. For the networks to keep playing the death of this young man over and over,was just sick.

  15. 213 says – reply to this


    15

    yeah it is a difficult track but the olympics are designed for the best in the world. How many people have completed this track safely. If he was more experienced this would not have happened. It is tragic but a human error.



  16. 16

    It is a dangerous sport he was competing in to begin with. If the track was that dangerous it would not have been approved by the Olympic committee. There are standards that need to be upheld and they did create the track with those in mind. No one else who has been using this track has had an accident, yes people have fallen off their boards, but that happens on any track. Unfortunately major accidents do happen, and yes a simple mistake such as shifting your body weight, even a twitch, going that speed can lead to devastating results as we had the unfortunate of seeing. Sure there could have been more to protect the lugers from the pillars, but they still would have been severely injured on impact whether it was a net or boards. Either way, yes the officials statements were a little insensitive, but it has been deemed a safe track. This is just a lesson about how sports like these are not as easy as they seem, and how people who train their entire lives can have an accident which can take their life. Don't take this as being an insensitive remark about the poor boy, by all means he was only what 22? his life was cut short and my prayers go out to his family.



  17. 17

    This was a tragic freak accident.
    .
    No luger has ever been catapulted out of this luge track ever.
    No amount of padding on the steel girder would have made a difference.
    .
    At 90 mph this accident wasn't survivable!
    .
    RIP Nodar.
    .



  18. 18

    Good one dave!!!!!!!!!! ya win some, you luge some!!!!!!! mario you would be a good luger!!!!



  19. 19

    I think this is total BS…… This luge track had over 2000 runs on it before the Olympics with no problems…….. Accidents happen people. It the athlete made an error, there is nothing wrong with stating this, athletes make mistakes as we all do and accidents happen. Yes they fixed the track and could have continued having the runs comes from the original start point, but they chose to avoid criticism and change the starting point and MANY of the luge/skeleton athletes have complained about this………. No matter what, someone would have had something negative to say



  20. 20

    I think Mario is just trying to get in good with Letterman so he can get on his show.



  21. 21

    I agree with Dave. If it had been the luger's fault, they wouldn't have made any changes. The fact that they want to prevent it happening to someone else, by shortening the track and doing cover ups show that there were safety issues.

    I feel sorry for his family, especially since he expressed his concerns to them about the safety of this track earlier. I wonder if he would have spoken to officials beforehand, would they have done anything?



  22. 22

    It was an accident, a sad one, but 5,000 runs have been performed on the track and 1 serious accident. It is a dangerous sport, what do you expect at 95 mph?



  23. 23

    I smell a stinker commin on!



  24. 24

    both you and letterman need to do a little research before you start making ridiculous suppositions like that. This track has been fully operational since 2007. that's 2007 guy's… it has passed every independant safety inspection that it has undergone and has been used by Candian olympians in training for years now. Atheletes demand that tracks become faster and more complex with each competition because that is how they continue to excel and continue to break records. The IOC and VANOC agreed to alter the course to alleviate public fears, even though the track was completely cleared by both IOC and Independant investigations….and guess what..now athelelites are complaining that the track is too slow. Pull your heads out of your asses and maybe actually look uyp the facts about something before you start shitting out of your mouth about it.



  25. 25

    As a Canadian I gree. I hope to god we cut this guy's famaily a $1 million dollar cheque and get on our knees and say sorry.



  26. 26

    If you fall or crash when performing a winter sport, whether it be downhill skiing, figureskating, luging etc, yeah you made a mistake - you didn't take a turn perfectly, you missed a landing, rotation, whatever it is. That's the sport! It's what happens when you push yourself to go "faster, higher, stronger" (per the Olympic motto). But it doesn't mean the tracks should be constructed so that if you fall or crash you DIE. None of the athletes signed up for that! It's the Olympic committee's damned responsibility to build venues that aren't fucking death traps!



  27. 27

    Since when has David Letterman been a luge expert. The young man unfortunately went to high in the turn and hit it. It then propelled him
    over the wall and he hit the steel girders. They did not repair the part
    of the wall where he hit it with his sled, they raised the part where he
    went over. Stick to what you know best Letterman screwing your
    interns.



  28. 28

    It was an ACCIDENT!!! Have you even ever watched luge? one slight wrong move and you can go flying. To say theres a cover up is BS. yes they changed the track, but thats only because they saw what could happen. so they did everything they could to prevent it at that corner again. a cover up??? PLEASE, dont be stupid!! They also said that it was a tragic accident. He did make a mistake, thats not blaming him for his own death!! a mistake is an ERROR which by definition is :A wandering or deviation from the right course or standard. Just because he made a simple error, he flew off the sled threw the air and hit the post at 144kmh, and then he died. the Olympic comity never BLAMED him. they were explaining what happen. why did he fly off the sled? because he made an error. thats why. Plus how fast are they going down that track now? at the same spot that this happened, they are going AS FAST or FASTER.



  29. 29

    I actually agree with Dave. A track built and maintained properly, would not lead to a death. Those parents deserve some $$$.

    Can you imagine if this happened in the States with George Bush as President? Christ….they still have Katrina specials on HBO.



  30. 30

    He wasn't the only person to get hurt on this track. A U.S guy crashed (not as badly and he was able to compete) and a woman, whose country of origin escapes me right now, had a crash similar to Nodar's except she hit a wall and knocked herself unconscious. The sport is dangerous and the track could stand to be made to be slower but it is what it is. He did make a mistake going into the turn and tried to correct himself, but that correction resulted in him being catapulted over the side. If anything, they should have had higher walls. Padding on the poles wouldn't have saved him.



  31. 31

    They didn't move the start of the race up for the men … they moved it up for the women and the women were very angry about it… they called it a Kinderluge now.. Take about a fountain of MISinformation being ciruculated, yet everyone who have never probably ever seen or heard of luge before is
    suddenly an expert… American mentality.. SUE SUE SUE even if you don't have your facts straight.



  32. 32

    Letterman is 100% correct. If the track was safe, as the IOC was VERY quick to decide, why were changes made? Why did other lugers (or sliders, not sure which word applies) make comments before his death that the track was unsafe? A mistake should not result in death. I know nothing about the sport, but I do know that a pole that is less than two feet away when someone is going over 90 mph seems a little dangerous.

    This is clear case of Canada wanting to claim that it hosted the Olympics where the luge world record was set. Case closed. Good job, Canada.



  33. 33

    Re: whtevr – So it's ok to compromise safety because athletes and hosting sites want to break records?



  34. 34

    as I said before, all sports have become too extreme. faster, higher, to the death. The track speeds were 90mph. think about the mario. CAN YOU THINK ABOUT THAT???? In a car, a car with airbags, seatbelts, padding, etc. they say it is deadly accident if you hit head on at 35 mph with another car. And these guys are on a tiny piece of wood/plastic/whatever -no padding, no nothing other than a little helmet going 90 mph. Oh wait, that track was not 'designed' for that speed. BUT EVERYONE IS GOING THAT SPEED!!!! and in the end, they as in the olympics are never ever going to say, the course is too dangerous. EVEN if bodies are lying all around. sue, sue, sue, sue



  35. 35

    "investigation showed that the crash was the result of human error and that “there was no indication that the accident was caused by deficiencies in the track"

    "Kumaritashvili was late coming out of the next-to-last turn and failed to compensate. “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.”

    "He was on a higher path—line, they call it in luge—down the final bends than most sliders prefer, and the combination of speed and gravitational pull was too much for his 176-pound body to control."

    "Crashes happen often in luge"

    “People have the opinion it is dangerous but the track crew does the best it can and they are working hard to make sure the track is in good shape and everyone is safe,” he said. “My opinion is that it’s not any more dangerous than anywhere else.” –three-time Olympic champion and German coach Georg Hackl

  36. Sezzy says – reply to this


    36

    stupid. how many times did people use that track and not die? it wouldn't matter if they put 1 foot of padding on these girders. going at that speed he would have died anyway. it is a dangerous sport, wtf do you want?



  37. 37

    Re: hateliars
    well said



  38. 38

    yeah i think it was really insensitive to blame the kid. dave is absolutely right.
    lugers make mistakes all the time, wipe out…but he wouldn't have died if those metal bars were protected and if the track wasn't so fast.
    the kids death was 100% their fault…shame on them for trying to deflect the blame.



  39. 39

    He was an inexperienced luger and his death was the fault of human error…meaning, if he hadn't rode the wall too high and then tried to lower his line by overcompensating, he wouldn't have crashed into the beams…
    That run has been is placed and has been used for years now by many different lugers, and skelleton racers- none of them have died.
    The decision to alter the structure is an attempt tp appease people who are unwilling to place the blame where it rightly lies…sports are dangerous- especially at this level…there is the risk of death in almost any of the events- with the exception of perhaps, curling…
    In regards to the "supposed" phone call that the young man placed to his parents, that is complete heresay…and highly suspect when they are obviously looking to place blame anywhere but on the athelete.
    It was a horrible, tragic accident and we can only hope it will be the last of the games.



  40. 40

    Totally agree! They fucked up and they're trying to blame the victim.. What pieces of shit.

  41. chex says – reply to this


    41

    the reason why they added the padding and made the wall higher on that corner was so athletes could get down the track EMOTIONALLY. not because it was unsafe.



  42. 42

    Re: whtevr

    maybe you need to do a bit of research as well.
    tracks these days are getting faster and faster so it was only a matter of time before something like this happened. whats wrong is that seems to be the only goal is to break records, but there's a point where you have to take a step back. yes, it had passed all safety inspections, but that doesn't mean that they aren't pushing the boundaries.
    when you are getting up to speeds like that the g-force increases and when you make a small mistake on the straight away you slow down and so you try to fix it. but at those turns the g-force kicks back in. and i'm assuming this kid hadn't had much experience with such a fast track (vancouvers is one of the fastest in the world) and so when he tried to compensate for the mistake he didn't realize how strong the g-force would take over and so he went to high on the corner and ultimately lost control.



  43. 43

    Re: frusciante – yet, here you are reading perez and commenting..



  44. 44

    I agree with Letterman completely. They are trying to cover their asses and at this young man's family's expense. EVEN if it were "human error" (their polite way of saying it was his fault) why make a statement like that before the luger was even buried, his family was still in shock, mourning his death and you have to say something like this, very insensitive - But then again, they aren't really thinking about "human" compassion, they're concerned about $$$$$$$$



  45. 45

    Re: tlex86

    I never said it was not a dangerous sport. I highly doubt any one of those men and women standing at the top of that track was ever grabbed by the ear and told "you must turn yourself into a human bullet or else." All sport is about pushing the boundaries of the human body, the human experience. You are kidding yourself if you think that the lugers,skeletons, and bobsledders would be even remotely satisfied without pushing EVERY boundary that they possibly could within the realms of their field. Yeah… I've done my research



  46. 46

    I whole-heartily agree with Dave.

    That poor kid. :(



  47. 47

    Right on Dave!



  48. 48

    My heart goes out to the family of this athlete. Yes accidents do happen, but sometimes they can be avoided.



  49. 49

    Was the event tragic?? Very much so.
    Was the event the riders fault?? Very much so.

    Nobody has ever come out of a track in luge, ever. This includes the Whistler track so obviously there is nothing wrong with the track. Like others have said…at 144 km/hr it would not have mattered if those beams were covered or not. The very fact that the luger was "scared" of the track means that he was probably nervous and more susceptable to mistake.



  50. 50

    David Letterman is my hero.



  51. 51

    If he was afraid of the track then he should have DROPPED OUT, it's his choice, HE choose to put his ass on the line. How the hell is everyone blaming the track ? Or talking shit about officials ? THEY CONFIRMED THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH IT, THEY NEVER REPAIRED ANYTHING. The poles were there for a reason fuckfaces to keep the damn track from melting. BTW, he was way to far up the side of the track WHICH caused him to flip, MEANING it's a driver error. Yes, lets all blame the ROADS & HIGHWAYS for accidents as well & change them everytime someone dies. Honestly, this is the stupidest thing I have ever heard.



  52. 52

    yeah because letterman is the expert…..i hope where ever the next olympian being held…before they build the track….they should ask dave how it should be done, he knows everything. perhaps dave should be the first to try the track and he will tell you if it's safe or not.



  53. 53

    As a Canadian, I feel so bad that this happened while the games were being hosted here. And I think most Canadians would agree with me, we have all been so excited to show the world what a wonderful country we live in and this tragedy has definetely put a dark cloud over the olympics. I don't know much about luge but it seems to me that this was just a freak accident and while there are legitimate arguements on each side at the end of the day I don't think that anyone is really at fault. I am just so sad and my prayers go out to Nodar, his family and fellow team mates.



  54. 54

    Dave is 100% RIGHT!!!!
    The officials have handled the whole situation TERRIBLY!!!



  55. 55

    Yay Dave! FINALLY someone said what we all are thinking!



  56. 56

    I just want to say that the Luge track has been used several times in the past at world class events and this is the first tragedy on it. It is the fastest, and most challenging course in the world, every competator knew that. As his death was tragic, I don't think the olymic committee should have changed the course.



  57. 57

    Hey moron, what the fuck is a WORMEN?



  58. 58

    I live in Whistler and actually was on the team that built the track. My positon on this tragic event is that we will never get records broke and sports like this pushed further to its full potential if we dont push the limits of technology. This is a world class track and will serve as a revolutionary peice of architechture for our kids and kids children. Look how far we have come in all other sports! In figure skating they dont even wear helmets and get thrown high in the air….diving used to be from a smaller distance than it is now…motorcross dident have as many jums and height they do now…I do feel this was horrific but to reach the full potential of oneself we must push the bounderies…RIP Nodar and my heart goes out to the families ..I have to ask the question when was the last time you scarred yourself to truely value life?



  59. 59

    Clearly the committee wasn't just going to leave the track alone, they would have gotten more heck for not taking any precautions on the course, they were most likely told they NEEDED to take precautions. Also, just because he told his father he didn't like the way the track looked mean't absolutely nothing. His death could have been caused by a self made error or it could have been caused because of the track, however it is unlikely since they did research on the track and the incident.



  60. 60

    How is the Olympic Committee Official in any way hypocritical? How is he insensitive? Yes, the situation is very sad, but it was an accident. It's not anyone's or anything's fault. I live near Vancouver, and that track has been there for a while already. It has been ridden 5000+ times, and yes, it's the fastest track out there, but when you're an athlete that's what you're looking for. The fastest, the most challenging, the smoothest… I also highly doubt that Nodar told his father those comments, and if he did, he shouldn't have been using the track. The reason they built the wall higher was to give the people peace of mind, not as some act of hypocrisy on the IOC's part. Starting the men at the women's start is such bullshit as well. If anything, the male athletes won't perform as well, and there could be more accidents due to a slower speed, and the unknown at that speed. The lugers who've trained on that track, from the male start, at 150 km/hr will have a hard time adjusting which could cost them medals. Lugers know every turn of that course, when it's coming, at what speed it's coming, and when to act on it. Making them slow down can cost them everything, and is a hazard for big mistakes, like going into a turn too soon or too late. Oh and to all you foolish Yanks, this is CANADA. We don't go around suing everything that walks, and you're looked down upon if you do. We're actually civilized and polite, unlike the nation to our south.



  61. 61

    The ignorance of people amaze me. The track was created under the supervision and regulations of it IOC. The kid was unfortunately inexperienced. It is tragic that he had this ACCIDENT, but how many THOUSANDS of runs have gone on and no problems. Freaking Americans so quick blame Canada without cause and withouth adequate knowledge. EDUCATE yourself people….Letterman and Red neck Elizabeth Hasselback included.

    Do you really think it was tested, monitored by the IOC long before the Olympics?!?!?

  62. Aries says – reply to this


    62

    The only FACTS Dave knows are those involving infedelity.

  63. @v@ says – reply to this


    63

    According to media, there were 5,000 previous runs on that luge track without incident. I do think experience counts for a lot in extreme sport; in 1988 the big stink was whether Eddy the Eagle (British ski jumper) was SAFE flying off that ramp into the big air to land waaay below the liftoff point. It's a tough call.



  64. 64

    Re: maggiegirl
    You don't have to be an expert on a subject to have an opinion.



  65. 65

    I am Georgian and I can tell you for sure that there'll be no lawsuit! These folks are from a remote village and they don't even know that they can sue someone. And even if they did, no amount of money will make the loved ones death OK, not even slightly easier. As a fellow countryman I am so sad for him. Rest in piece Nodar! We will always remember you.

  66. @v@ says – reply to this


    66

    There was also huge concern regarding the safety of the Jamaican bobsled team in 1988. They did eventually rightly qualify to go down, but the risks were underlined when their sled flipped and they continued down the track with their heads between the sled and the wall; so experience matters. On the flip side, there are a lot of annoyed lugers who now think the altered run is too easy. The women now call it the 'kinder run.'
    The specific issue in this case was that corner, at that speed, but the run was rubber stamped by the International Luge Federation and probably by other Olympic authoritative bodies well prior to these Olympics.



  67. 67

    letterman is 100% correct on this one.

    for the olympics to, in 24 hours, lay 100% of the fault for this tragedy on the deceased is insensitive and covering their ass. he's right, if there was nothing wrong with their WELL KNOWN TOO FAST AND DANGEROUS track then why change it? it is a combination of a track that was too fast and dangerous and a young athlete with no quite enough experience to handle it…it's not 100% on either side, and for the Olmpics to blame the poor dead kid is horrible.



  68. 68

    R U GUYS joking luger was inexperienced?????? that's fucking stupidity !!!!! before nodar, there were a few people who also crashed but not deadly !!! I'm from Georgia and i'm disgraced with comments like this. he was very talented and very experienced, also his father was a ludger and the cousin of Nodar's father, Felix Kumaritashvili, is the head of the Georgian Luge Federation



  69. 69

    For once Letterman got it right. The officials are full of shit



  70. 70

    Here's a news article regarding his death and the phone conversation that took place between him and his father before the tragic run. Unfortunately both parties were at fault and here's some evidence to back up the "human error" side of the argument:
    In a phone call to his home in Bakuriani, Georgia, shortly before he was thrown from his luge and killed on an Olympic training run, Nodar Kumaritashvili told his father he was afraid of the lightning-quick track in Whistler.
    "He told me, `Dad, I really fear that curve,'" David Kumaritashvili, a former luger himself, told the Associated Press at his home in the snow-covered slopes of Georgia's top ski resort.
    "He told me, `I will either win or die,'" he said. "But that was youthful bravado, he couldn't be seriously talking about death."
    In a joint statement, the luge federation and Vancouver Olympic officials blamed the accident on the athlete, saying Kumaritashvili was late coming out of the next-to-last turn and failed to compensate.
    The elder Kumaritashvili angrily rejected that argument.



  71. 71

    David Letterman is the nuts.



  72. 72

    The Olympics Official is claiming the luger made a mistake in an I'm sure unsuccessful attempt to ward off the huge lawsuit settlement which will be soon forthcoming



  73. 73

    Good call Dave



  74. 74

    TOTALLY agree and feel so badly for the dead boy and his grieving family. I can't imagine losing my son that way. What a tragic and needless occurrence. My heart goes out to his relatives at this awful time.



  75. 75

    There should have been no way the guy could have hit a steel pole and died…
    where's the padding - isn't it about speed via sled and not running into shizzz…
    they need to protect these people.



  76. 76

    im so glad that letterman adressed this issue. this death was completly preventable. those olympic officials should be blaming themselves and not Nodar. this isint simply just a "mistake". someone is dead, and he is never going to come back. if this had been the child of one of the officials' im sure something more justifiable would have been done.



  77. 77

    Really, Canada and the Olympic officials have taken a lot of criticism on this issue yet professional sliders have admitted, he mad a mistake. Those are the facts. Of course it's unfortunate what has happened, no one deserves to die in pursuit of their dreams. Covering the wall and changing starting locations is hardly hypocrisy… Americans are always trying to cause more controversy and create problems. Give them a break, its the Olympics, do we not remember how badly Atlanta screwed up in 1996? The overt "commercial greed" and organizational chaos? Letterman is an undereducated jackass.



  78. 78

    i'm so glad someone that can get the point across to many people like dave letterman spoke out!! MANY of us were thinking the same thing. god bless the young mans soul…very sad :(



  79. 79

    It's funny how everyone is blaming Canada for this whole incident when the people don't realize that the Olympic Officials are the ones who coordinate all of the course's and are the reason there was a pole so close to the course. How the hell do you blame Canada for that? And the member's of the olympic officials are from EVERY COUNTRY around the world..so if you want to blame anyone..blame them all. Not just one.



  80. 80

    The guy tested the track 26 times before he died



  81. 81

    RU 4 Real? What do YOU or Letterman know about Luge tracks?? Too funny.



  82. 82

    olympic officials need to take responsibility and someone needs to sue their ass!!!



  83. 83

    As much as I hate to say it, it was the luger's fault. From what I heard on the news, it said something like, he was too late coming out of a turn and tried to correct himself which caused him to crash. If it had been the track, many others would've been injured other than him. IF it actually had been the track, they fixed it so this doesn't happen again. I don't see why Canada is getting so much flack over this. When one chooses to participate in a sport where they're going at speeds around 140km/h, you have to understand that death is a possibility.
    The whole situation is incredibly sad.
    RIP Nodar



  84. 84

    I am from Vancouver, and tonight I had the opportunity to talk to one of the luge track engineers. The spot where he flew off the track was actually the point of the run with the most gravitational pull, the force pulling him down was great enough to have the athletes pass out. Therefor the next part of the run was straight down giving athletes the chance to correct their errors. The force pulling down is so great, no one ever thought an athlete would be thrown to his death. He was a very young athlete from a small country without the proper funding for full training. This doesn't mean it's his own fault. I think the added the wall and extra padding to the beams is strictly for the viewers piece of mind. The luge is one of the most dangerous sports of the winter games, however this was an awful tragedy. I didn't hear the olympic critic's comments, but im sure they were over processed. My thought are with his family, and I believe he must have been needed somewhere else. xoxo



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    The Olympic Committee has never been known for its caring and sensitivity - the remark doesn't surprise me. For being set up as a time when the world comes together to compete in harmony, there could not be a more politically charged, agenda-riddled event.



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    The entire goddamned Olympic "idea" is hypocrisy.
    It's supposedly ALL about "bringing peoples of the countries of the world together," but to me, it STINKS LIKE CHURCH.
    "Let's all get together on Sunday for games and food! And then, on Monday, I'll get back to my mansion/condo/yacht, and YOU can go back to yer shack. I'll eat my fatty McFat burgers and fries til I'm stuffed, and you can go back to eating gruel the Red Cross hands out."
    It's a JOKE, and it's all about the MONEY generated from the television coverage and commercials. It's a FUCKING CROCK.



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    Re: frusciante – Hmmm, but you had enuf time in your "life" to respond to Perez???? Interesting life!



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    Re: azulle – Sue this, sue that… they can't sue, he signed a bit of paper and thereby taking full responsibility for what was to come, he knew what he was getting himself into. Yes it's tragic, but as an inexperienced 21-year-old he should not have gone down this track. Letterman is going for sympathy votes here and it stinks. Everyone's entitles to an opinion, but have the common decency to actually know what you're talking about.



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    There has been 27 deaths on the Daytona 500 track. High speed accidents happen, there's always that risk. Why haven't they totally redesigned that track??? We don't call them hypocrites when they say it was driver error. Dave should stick to the kind of hypocrites he knows about, the cheating spouses, etc.



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    I am one of the lucky few working at the games right now and it made me sick to see the VANOC come out and say this so quickly i have working in medical for almost ten years now and know that 99% of investigations that happen take over a year to complete not one day. Saying it was his fault was so they could wipe their hands of it and walk away with then heads high. the games this year have been a joke. While i am happy to be canadian i am not happy with what is going on here.

    yes the track is a few years old but the changes they did to it for the games where before hand complained about. yes their people take a big risk but at the same time safety needs to be any OC's first thought not breaking speed records.

    Changes were made because they know there is a flaw in how the track is set up but they are unable to do much about it at this point. Letterman is right it was tacky to come out a day after and say it was his fault. there is no way a full investigation was done because they would of had to shut down the track.
    the VANOC should be hanging their head in shame at this point this has destroyed the feel of the games and has now made every other issue stand out even more.

    they need to show some respect to that young man's family and do some justice for his tragic death which would of been stoppable if they had changed the track before practice runs even started like they had talked about.



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    Re: frusciante – lmao out having a life.. go take a look at what site your on.. fail.



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    They're covering their asses obviously.



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    I the steel wouldn't have been there, he would have gone out of the track and landed hard somewhere else. It is very, very tragic, but he very likely would have died no matter what. Going from extreme speeds to a sudden stop just is not something the body can handle well.



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    It's hypocrisy ppl because many of the top lugers in the world were telling these officials that this track was NOT safe way before the Olympics! They were told several times and they ignored it. Several of those same top lugers crashed in nearly the exact same spot as Nodar but the officials did nothing about it until someone was killed. This track is, on average, 10 mph faster than any other track in the world. When the lugers and their federations are telling you that the track needs more safety precautions (including shaving the curve that Nodar was killed on to cut the speed) and you ignore it until someone dies, you have no right to say anything other than "sorry." Nodar may have made a mistake with his luge but he was killed by exposed steel girders. That's the track's fault…not Nodar's.