If you don't want to see the fatal luge accident of 21-year-old Republic of Georgia Olympic athlete Nodar Kumaritashvili during a training run in Vancouver last week, don't click here.
I watched it. Not for morbid entertainment, of course, but for education. As in, what went wrong?
As in, how could this happen?
Organizers ignored risks in making the track too fast? Driver error? I'm still not sure.
It's horrible. Sad. But the reality of mortality is an inherent, understood part of risk-reward sports. The reason you fly 90mph on your butt down a moutain of ice is the tempted-fate-and-lived-to-tell-about-it aspect. I get that. It's the same reason I've been bungee jumping and sky diving and plan to someday summit a mountain or two and perform a BASE jump.
To some it's punching it through the intersection on yellow, or cheating on your wife with her sister, or putting $100 on a single roulette spin.
The thrill of it, ya know?
But in sports, danger - sometimes ultimate - is always an oops away, sometimes in the form of a metal pole.
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.