This is typical British, read: English journalism. Put down the Vancouver 2010 games to make the London 2012 games look better by comparison.
English papers have been slagging Vancouver and everything related to these events since long before their hacks even arrived in Canada.
A very inexperienced young luger died in a freak accident and it's the fault of Canada's legendary lust for sporting glory?
I suppose if Eddie the Eagle had broken his neck in Calgary that would have been Canada's fault and not a lack of skill and experience on the part of a participant from a country with little history in the sport.
That being said, the offending pole could have been padded in less time that it used to take us to make goalie pads out of a chunk of foam and some shoe laces.
Yeah, this guy is definitely a useless shite, first and foremost. He's definitely trying to draw attention away from the GB Olympics, which is already way overbudget.
This guy makes it sound like VANOC set the poor guy up to die deliberately. What about the other athletes? What about the Canadian athletes that use the track? I mean it's a sport that you are going 110 km/h plus on a track made of ice. What do you expect? Freakin Santa Claus ho,ho,hoing down the track with tea and crumpets in his hand.
Same can be said about Downhill Skiing. Things have happened and unfortunately will continue to happen in those high speed sports. It's the risk athletes take when they take on those sports. Unless things are re-looked by a committee and those sports slowed down. But they haven't so far. Maybe he should write about that first.
Yes... but this twit isn't the only guy blaming Vanoc, COC and the IOC. The kid told his dad he feared for his life on this track. Dangerous sport or not, that's fc*ked. The COC/Vanoc also refused to allow other countries a fair amount of practice of the track to gain an upper edge. Add to this the documented concerns leading up to this and it's all very sad. A needless tragedy. And, now comments in the press trying to blame the kid for a mistake? That's messed up.