On what is suppose to be an exciting and positive start of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, the day was instead hit by tragedy. Georgian Luger Nodar Kumaritashvili died today during a practice run. As he was completing one of his last turns on the run, Nodar was catapulted off of the luge tract and flew into an unprotected support column. At approximately 85 mph, such an impact is severe.
Why these columns were not padded or shielded to begin with is mind-boggling. In a world where safety is sometimes taken to the extreme, it is surprising that such a potential hazard was not addressed before hand. Not that it would have saved his life, but Nodar would have had a better chance of surviving that horrific accident.
Please keep Nodar and his family, his teammates, and the rest of the Olympians in your thoughts and prayers tonight and throughout the games.