Cathleen Martini, a German bobsledder who was a heavy favorite to win gold in the two-man bobsled, was disqualified after a spectacular crash in Vancouver on Wednesday. Canada went on to win the event.
The sled started to skid halfway through the run, and Martini couldn't control it. At speeds nearing 90 miles per hour, the sled turned on its side. Remy Logsch, Martini's brakeman, ejected from the sled, sliding across the icy track at Whistler.
The images from this event evoked thoughts of Nodar Kumaritashvili, the Georgian luger who died practicing on this same track. Other athletes have questioned the course's safety, and just today, a Dutch bobsledder withdrew from the four-man race due to his concerns about safety. However, Logsch and Martini walked off the track under their own power.
The shocking part of the crash is that Martini has never crashed before. This season, she has five gold medals, but not the one that truly matters.
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