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February 16, 2010

The vital matter of priorities

The death of Nodar Kumaritashvili has exposed the "moral vaccuum" at the heart of the Vancouver Olympics. For one thing, Kumaritashvili had just 26 practice runs.

Canadians gave themselves 200.

Because that's how we roll.

...the line between legitimate ambition and excessive belief in the right to national bragging rights – and the prosecution of these games according to plan and TV schedule – cannot be so easily buried by a fresh fall of snow.

Certainly, it has been drawn vividly enough in the last 48 hours, when the belief of some here that as the hosts they have overwhelming rights to every advantage, seems hardly to have been touched by charges that the Georgian's death was a direct result of the Canadian policy of hogging practice rights.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at February 16, 2010 08:27 AM


I guess the major question is if the advantage the Canadians claimed was any different than any other nation hosting an Olympics? I am sure the Canadian luge team has practiced here many times and visitors don't get to practice as many times anyway.

Posted by: Dwayne_M [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 16, 2010 07:42 PM