human error‘ was to blame for the crash, not the track design itself.
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.
There have been several other accidents on this track, in both luge and bobsled. One corner is now known as “50-50 corner” as you have a 50% chance you’ll crash coming through it. There are others who still blame the track, even in light of the official report from the Olympic committee.
From a layman’s perspective, it looks kind of silly to have large metal poles located on the ‘downwind-inertia’ side of the track, i.e. the place where the body would naturally go in a crash. But watching the horrific luge crash video you see his body did sort of go back and forth and I’m not certain the ‘flow’ of the track led to him going in that direction any more than it would have resulted in him jumping the wall in the other direction had he crashed a bit earlier.
Vancouver residents have set up a makeshift memorial to luger Nodar Kumaritashvili in the city center.]]>
$38 million. While this was dwarfed by the Beijing Olympics, it certainly is upsetting some who feel the money should have been spent on <insert cause of the day here>.
Even at $1,100 a ticket (for the opening ceremonies) it is unlikely that ticket revenue alone is going to pay for this event. (UPDATE. 60,000 * 1,100 = $66,000,000, so that’s not bad). Other top event tickets are going up in price on the fan ticket exchanges for the Olympics, but the biathalon is still a bargain at $70.]]>
This is really hard to watch.
For those who have not heard, the luge athlete from Georgia was killed today in a freak accident on the very dangerous luge track in Vancouver. Nodar Kumaritashvilvi accident propelled him off the track and into a steel girder at nearly 90 mph, which caused injuries that eventually cost him his life.
A special moment of reflection will be held tonight during the opening ceremony. IOC officials are meeting with the luge federation in an emergency meeting as to whether the luge will take place at the Olympics or if any other changes might be made to the schedule.
Nodar was 21 years old.
The full video of his run can be seen on NBC Olympics (requires the free Silverlight plugin). It is graphic, partially in the sense you look at him and know what is coming.
As NBC is limited to the USA, you might find other links here:
The IOC is shutting down Youtube videos for copyright reasons nearly as fast at they are being put up.
The only thing bigger than the USA logo on the US Olympic Team’s Opening Ceremony outfits is the Polo Ralph Lauren horse that appears on the front of each jacket. I remember when some folks were upset to see the Nike swoosh. They’re going to have a field day with this. At least the hat is relatively logo free.
UPDATE: The “Moose” hat which was worn in the opening ceremony is already a very hot seller. Ebay is sold out, but I’ve got one (L/XL) that I’ll be auctioning off shortly. Check back for the link or goto Ebay to find it. Here is the link to my EBAY sale. 24 hours only. Ends Monday NightThe Polo collection mirrors the 1920s look that the US Olympic teamwore in Beijing. Sort of a throwback to the roaring 20s look, but at a definite 2010 price tag.
The wool hat is a top seller. You can’t find them in stores and the only place I’ve heard that has them in stock is the USA store in Vancouver. You can find them on ebay, but you will spend nearly $400-$500 to get one (yes, seriously).
If you have $400 you might like this sweater a bit more. It’s quite nice and was worn by most of the team during the opening ceremony.
Unlike Beijing, in which the nations entered in Chinese alphabetical order, the Winter Olympics in Vancouver will have the nations arriving in French alphabetical order, English order according to some published reports. Of course there are two exception–Greece will be first, and Canada will be last (as the host nation). The USA will be the 82nd nation to enter.
The opening ceremony is being dedicated to the memory of Nodar Kumaritashvilvi, the Georgian luge athlete that died earlier today.
This is the best list I can find so far. We’ll see if I can find a better one before the parade starts.
NBC has a formal application that is complete with news, schedules and some (delayed) video from the games. We’ll have to see if there are any competition videos or whether it just remains the ‘touchy feely’ Olympic stories NBC is famous for producing. It also parses in the Twitter updates from Olympic athletes, such as Apollo Ohno.
NBC Cheer is a great app for annoying anyone within listening distance of you. You can select the standard “USA-USA” cheer but then overlay things like ‘cowbell’ or ‘whistle’. I just tried it out on the wife who glared at me with a ‘shut-that-f#$%-thing up’ look after only a few seconds. A must have to be sure.
2010 Vancouver is a guide for those who find themselves in Canada during the Olympics. It has information on venues including maps and directions on how to get to different spots. It also has a list of official twitter events (including the Torch, which has a twitter feed I guess and some of the IOC tweets). Good to have if you are going.
CTVOlympics is all the coverage you could want, from a Canadian point of view. It has a news and photos section along with some venue information, and might be a good alternative if you just can’t stand NBC’s take on things.]]>
The New York Times is reporting on a ruling that is ending the debate on the ages of China’s gymnasts in the 2008 Beijing games, but opening the debate about the 2000 Sydney team.
”We are satisfied with the information provided by FIG, and we now consider the (2008) matter closed,” said Emmanuelle Moreau, spokeswoman for the International Olympic Committee.
”Clearly they feel that there is more to be looked at for Sydney,” Moreau added. ”We encourage them to pursue their inquiry and shed some light on these cases. We now rely on them to get to the bottom of that and get back to us.”
Unfortunately, the report doesn’t say ‘why’ they believe this to be the case, what killer piece of evidence they’ve obtained or anything to that effect. We’ll have to see what comes out in the next few days.
It’s a great honor, voted on by the athletes themselves. She’s been living a bit of the American dream as have many other recent immigrants, and she’s said carrying the flag is as important to her as winning a gold medal.
After saying they would not be releasing the photos of Michael Phelps amazing .01 second win in the 100-m butterfly, official Olympic timekeeper Omega has finally changed their minds and released the close up photos of the finish. And if you look at them, you won’t really know yourself because it looks like a tie. But professionals in this sport can clearly see that Phelps is the winner.
“In the third set of images, with Phelps on the left, it is clear he is really pushing hard, while Cavic, on the right, is just arriving,” Chianese told The Associated Press on Saturday.
Phelps’ time of 50.58 seconds was confirmed after a review down to the 10-thousandth of a second; Cavic’s time was 50.59.
Chianese explained that it requires 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds) of pressure to activate the touchpad. “Any less and waves would set it off,” Chianese said. “You can’t just put your fingertips on the pad, you really have to push it. We explained all this directly after the race to (Cavic) and his coach.”