The Olympic sliding course is too dangerous, 'a farce'

Trey Kerby
February 27, 2010

On Friday night, the tables were turned on Alexsandr Zubkov. Just five days after he was caught on camera celebrating the crash of the Canadian two-man bobsled team, Zubkov and his four-man Russian team were flipped going through the Whistler course's infamous "50-50" curve and was eliminated from medal contention.

It was just the latest in a long line of crashes at the track. In fact, there have been so many crashes that German officials have called the track "a farce" and lobbied for the cancellation of the four-man event even though the country has two teams currently in the top five. Yahoo! Sports' Dominique Dawes (yes, that one) has a report on the dangers of the track.

I'm not a professor of sliding sports by any means, but it seems to me that the inclusion of a curve that crashes people so often it's nicknamed the "50-50" is kind of ridiculous. And the fact that officials will be investigating the dangers of the track after the Olympics is an indictment that the track probably is too fast.

If athletes, coaches, and officials all think there is something wrong with the track, it's pretty obvious that there is. It's too bad that there's no way to remedy this before someone else gets hurt.