February 13, 2010

Winter Olympics: The one for Fake Sports

The winter olympics are full of a bunch of "sports" that don't even qualify as anything athletic in my book. Unlike the summer olympics, a lot of the winter olympic competitors don't actually have to do things like run or jump or swim. They just lay there, literally. The luge and bobsled events for example, you simply lay on a sled or in a rocket spaceship looking bubble.

Key in Nodar Kumaritashvili (don't worry, you're not supposed to know how to pronounce his name). Nodar is from Georgia. No, not the state with all the peaches; the small country that used to be part of the old Solviet Union. Nothing really comes from Georgia, unless you count Zaza Pachulia (Atlanta Hawks Basketball player) as something.

Nodar went to Vancouver for the winter olympics as the 44th ranked luger. He wasn't going to win anything, he knew that. I don't think he really cared though. After all, his "sport" consists of wearing super skin tight spandex suits and a spaceman helmet then laying flat on his back atop a sled that looks like a giant ice skate. He was pretty much just going for the experience. Then he died.

During a practice run on a course that even experience lugers have deemed scary, Nodar lost control and dislodged from his sled. He flew through the air at 88 miles per hour. Eventually crashing his body into support beams that lined the outside of the ice track. He was rushed away in an ambulance but died upon arriving at the trauma center.

Never mind the cheesey, and ill timed, accompanying song.

1 comment:

  1. Nodar Kumaritashvili’s death is a tragedy! Luge looks like such a neat sport, but also very dangerous at the same time. His death will cast a pall over these Olympic Games. RIP