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Olympics luge design flaw

Posted by George J Janczyn on February 13, 2010


I think the 2010 Olympics luge has a design flaw. See this roadway guardrail? What if they put in the posts and left off the rail? Cars would be seriously damaged and people seriously injured or killed instead of being safely deflected. Likewise, the luge should have had a wall over those posts. Instead, there’s a wall in the curve but it drops away coming out of the curve, a feature which seems only to account for the convenience of photographers and/or spectators.

[Update–Good news: they decided to extend the wall–see the New York Times report Changes Made to Luge Competition. I’m very glad about this, because the thought of further runs on the defective track was frightening!


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