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Old February 14 2010, 05:48 PM   #91
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They probably will end up doing so. That track is only a few years old--not a few decades. It was being publicly prided as "the fastest in the world." It was designed to facilitate more speed. A Vancouver blogger made an astute point--if Nodar had been thrown off his sled but suffered his fatal head injury on the track within its walls the officials absolving the track would have a point--but the walls being so short that they allowed his body to fly off the track completely and into the beam....that proves something was deficient in the track design. If you can go airborne off the track, something's wrong with it. The fact they lowered the starting point and heightened the walls acknowledges this.
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Old February 14 2010, 06:40 PM   #92
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I guess my point of view is sort of tailored by the fact that I'm an auto racing fan. To my view, there is always an inherent risk in any speed-related sport. Ten years ago, Dale Earnhardt was killed in an incident that looked far less than many far worse looking accidents. That accident led to changes that have since saved lives.

This track in Vancouver was known for its speed. There was never a problem at the "Out" until that day. Until there was a racer who entered the corner already losing control. I'd agree with you that there probably should have been a wall there to begin with. But it's important to remember that in speed events, accidents happen. Tragic accidents, for certain. But they happen.
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Old February 14 2010, 07:25 PM   #93
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Didn't Dale senior die because he refused to use that that specially designed protection device, I forget what it's called, that basically secures your head in place? I didn't really start watching Nascar until after number three died.
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Old February 14 2010, 07:27 PM   #94
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Old February 14 2010, 07:30 PM   #95
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That's what I was thinking of. Thanks.
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Old February 14 2010, 09:58 PM   #96
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Didn't Dale senior die because he refused to use that that specially designed protection device, I forget what it's called, that basically secures your head in place? I didn't really start watching Nascar until after number three died.
At the time, that safety device wasn't mandatory. The next week, it was. (And it probably should have been mandatory, just like that wall probably should have been there. Sometimes, though, humans won't do anything about something until it bites you in the ass.)
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Old February 14 2010, 10:08 PM   #97
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Yeah, I agree. That makes sense.
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Old February 14 2010, 11:03 PM   #98
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So, as to the games (And I must admit, I really can't talk about them that much unless someone wants to see what I have to say at least 3-6 hours after the fact ), I was watching a bit of the Biathlon today and man was it snowing hard. They said it doesn't affect the targets, but I would think it would because visibility is so low. Of course I really don't follow it so I don't know.

As for last night, some thoughts, again probably really old news to everyone else

-I think I have a new favorite event. That short-track is awesome to watch. I mean for Ohno's first race he passed everyone, and everyone around him just fell. It was kinda like that old children game of Patty Cake, only this time it was on skates going about 30 MPH on a short oval. Loved seeing Ohno and Celski get silver and bronze. Very exciting racing.

-Luge is a bit boring, which surprises me because I thought it was ok other years. Maybe it was just so late and after the excitements of the finals I was ready to turn it off and go do something else (Like go to bed) I was surprised they left it on and went to Luge.

-Really enjoyed the Woman's moguls last night, seeing Kearny and Burke win. Good for the US again in that event. Today seems to be an off day for viewing, but I wouldn't mind seeing more Moguls action.
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Old February 14 2010, 11:33 PM   #99
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^ Mens moguls is on now. Finals will be later in the night.
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Old February 15 2010, 12:07 AM   #100
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At least that reclusive turncoat Dale Begg-Smith isn't in a good position to win moguls gold. Go Marquis! Go Gingras! Go Bilodeau!
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Old February 15 2010, 12:44 AM   #101
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^ Mens moguls is on now. Finals will be later in the night.
That's what I mean. It will probably be during the prime time coverage.
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Old February 15 2010, 12:46 AM   #102
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So, as to the games (And I must admit, I really can't talk about them that much unless someone wants to see what I have to say at least 3-6 hours after the fact ),
Not sure if its available in the US, but CTV is streaming a lot of events live.
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Old February 15 2010, 12:59 AM   #103
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So, as to the games (And I must admit, I really can't talk about them that much unless someone wants to see what I have to say at least 3-6 hours after the fact ),
Not sure if its available in the US, but CTV is streaming a lot of events live.
But because of the US IP Address, I can't get that since it's not "geographically appropriate"
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Old February 15 2010, 02:01 AM   #104
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God I hate NBC's Olympic coverage. I mean, I think showing everything on a tape delay is nonsense when the games are on the other side of the planet. But to live in the very same fucking time zone and not get live events? What a joke. Sorry, sports just aren't meant to be watched on a delayed basis.

There are lots of other issues with NBC's coverage... I could probably bitch for three pages about just Bob Fucking Costas. But I'll stop.

The Olympics should be cool, but they aren't thanks to NBC.
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Old February 15 2010, 02:19 AM   #105
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YES!!!!!

Congrats to Alexandre Bilodeau, Canada's first Olympic gold on home soil!

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