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IOC pushing pushing the envelope a little too far

(The Guardian) In the wake of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili's death just hours before the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Olympics, the excitement-vs.-safety debate has reignited once again. The latest turn came when British luger Adam Rosen said this would be the last we will see of tracks that fast. VANOC officials decided to change men's competition so they would use the women's start line in an attempt to lower their speeds. But with the natural dangers with luge, new event ski cross and the winter olympics in general, is the safety of athletics at too much of a risk?

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Winter Olympics too far off-centre

Targana - India-based sports blogging site
This site raises the question of whether the IOC has gone too far in adding events that, while increasing the level of speed and excitement for viewers, are putting Olympic athletes at too high of a risk. Even though international luge officials blame the tragic crash of Kumaritashvili on human error, the fact remains that an early test run on the Whistler track was 95 mph - six mph faster than ever recorded. The point - IOC needs to slow down.

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‘Motocross on skis’ is newest, chaotic Olympic event

NBC Olympics - Official U.S. website for Olympic coverage
The page describes the newest event for the 2010 Vancouver winter olympics: ski cross. Described as "Motocross on skis with a little NASCAR and bull riding all thrown in," and "an exercise in mayhem," the new event signifies the direction the IOC is taking in Winter Olympics - and everything people see is wrong with the Olympics at the same time.

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FIS Injury Surveillance System

International Ski Federation - Switzerland
This brochure, put out by the governing body for international competitive skiing, highlights new measures that the organization is taking to prevent injuries and ensure the safety of their athletes in competition. The brochure includes stats on winter-sport injuries, and some comments from athletes.

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Are the 2010 Olympics the most dangerous ever?

MPora - British-based extreme sports site
This website discusses the IOC potentially banning a specific snowboarding trick from the Olympic halfpipe competition, as it believes the move is too dangerous. The site also looks at that action being part of a larger problem in which many Olympic-level athletes in snowboarding and skiing suffering severe injuries attempting dangerous tricks - because they provide the best entertainment and scores from judges. The sites last point: athletes are still going to attempt difficult tricks regardless of IOC rules - the challenge and difficulty is why they began competing in the first place.

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The governing body and safety

International Olympic Committee
The governing body of Olympic competition, which regulates rules, standards and practices involved with both summer and winter competitions. This report highlights the IOC approach to monitoring and preventing injuries during competition.

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