Friday, February 12, 2010

Tragedy Before It Even Began...

Today an athlete died. Before he even got to perform at his sport's highest stage.

Nodar Kumaritashvili, a 21 year old from the country of Georgia died this morning during a training run for the luge, which has caused some to question the safety of the track that has been built.

Is it possible that we have gone too far with our attempts to "be better?" I know that Olympic venues are almost always built with new world records in mind. We build tracks faster, we build pools faster, we build ice rinks faster. We keep building things that are designed to break records because that's what we want to see. But at what expense??

Maybe this unfortunate tragedy will cause us to look around and realize that some things are more important than breaking another record. Some things are more important than going faster.

Let's just hope that this isn't a sign of things to come at these Games. The Olympics are supposed to be about happiness and success. About people living their dreams and competing at the highest level possible. Things like this aren't supposed to happen.

My thoughts go out to the family of Nodar Kumaritashvili.

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