The International Luge Federation has concluded that the track was safe and this was an unfortunate case of athlete error. It happens in other sports involving speed. Downhill skiing, car racing, etc.. This is not a safe sport and not one that I would ever be interested in trying.
Now that they have put extra wall protection on that turn, slowed the ice and lowered the starting point, many of the lugers have the exact OPPOSITE opinion of Campbell-Pegg. They say that they have ruined the competition by making it into a kiddy-course with no challenge
I do notice that this is the only thread about the Olympics here. And that doesn't seem to be an isolated case. There seems to be absolutely no interest in these Olympics in the U.S. beyond talking about this unfortunate accident. The Flames board on the other hand has opened a new forum to handle all the threads about the Olympics.
I don't think there's a complete lack of interest, but for such a huge event, it is frustrating that it doesn't get enough attention here. American sports fans are always like this though, most don't care about anything that isn't football, basketball, or baseball unless Michael Phelps is raking in the gold medals. During the 2006 Olympics I turned the TV at the campus dining hall from whatever dumb ESPN show was on to the Czech Republic and Russia game since nobody else was in the room at the time, and about a minute later these two guys walk in and one of them instantly says, "Man, the Olympics is BORING!!" Other than that, I don't remember hearing any discussion about the Olympics outside of hockey fans.
It's a shame, I remember when I was a kid I thought the Olympics were amazing and my family would always make it a point to watch. Now I realize it's not as important to people here as it was to me and it's kind of disappointing. I was thinking about this last night and I was trying to think of a Winter Olympic sport that is easier to participate in than baseball, football, and basketball, and off the top of my head I couldn't really come up with anything. Even though I don't normally have any interest in watching figure skating, moguls, or skeleton, I'm still amazed at how talented or fearless these athletes are. Anyone can pick up a bat or ball and play baseball, basketball, or football.
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