Are the Olympics Moving too Fast?

Monday, February 15, 2010

Maciej Kurowski of Poland competes during the final run of the men's luge singles final on day 3 of the 2010 Winter Olympics at Whistler Sliding Centre on February 14, 2010 in Whistler, Canada. (Shaun Botterill/Getty Images/Getty)

Vancouver, British Columbia, host of the 2010 Winter Olympics, pulled out all the stops for this year's games — spending approximately $100 million to construct newer, bigger and faster courses for the world’s finest athletes.  But we're discovering bigger isn’t always better.  

On Friday, in a training run on the Olympic luge track, 21-year-old Georgian slider Nodar Kumaritashvili was travelling 90 mph when he lost control of his luge, fatally crashing into an exposed support beam.  The tragedy has the Olympic Village and much of the world asking: in their attempts to keep the sports modern, are the winter Olympics courting too much danger?

We talk with The New York Times Olympics editor Jason Stallman, who says that last week's tragedy was the unfortunate but inevitable result of a decade's long trend in Winter Olympic sports.

Guests:

Jason Stallman

Hosted by:

Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [2]

Manuel Bello from Miami, Florida

The IOC is capitulating to children as so many other institutions have. Schools allow students to make policy; television stations allow children to program broadcasts; fashion designers follow the whims of children. Seventeen year-olds need to be told what to do, not the other way around. We need to consider why youths won't watch athletic competition that is not dangerous and not satisfy their morbid caprice.

Feb. 15 2010 09:37 AM
Katie from Cambridge, MA

If the IOC and Vancouver want to have a broader viewership for the winter games, they should readjust the tight internet broadcasting regulations. NBC should not be allowed to limit their live streaming to people who have televisions. I'm a young adult and I'd definitely be watching as much Olympic coverage as possible if I were actually able to access the live feed. And, no, I'm not going to sneakily get an international IP address.

Feb. 15 2010 09:20 AM

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