With the 2010 Winter Olympics set to be officially under way in a few hours, I am excited to share some of the most recent short track speed skating news.
Canadian short track speed skaters preparing for the 2010 Winter Olympics- photo by Robert Skinner/The Canadian Press
Before we take in all the joy of short track & the Olympics, let’s take time to acknowledge the sad passing of Nodar Kumaritashvili, Georgia’s Olympic luger who passed away earlier today during a training run.
Nodar Kumaritashvili lost control of his sled, went over the track wall and struck an unpadded steel pole near the finish line at Whistler Sliding Center. Doctors were unable to revive the 21-year-old luger, who died at a hospital, the International Olympic Committee said.
It is with great regret that we confirm the death of the Georgian luge athlete, Nodar Kumaritashvili, during the final training session at the Whistler Sliding Centre, this morning.
Nodar Kumaritashvili l- photo AP Photo/Elise Amendola
I think this is the perfect time to highlight Sue Ellis’ SAFETY! IS YOUR CHILD TRULY PROTECTED ??.
The bottom line here folks, is that the ISU and all national governing bodies need to re-evaluate and come out with maximum safety standards, not bare minimums! Some of the safety standards have been in place for almost 10 years. In that time the world records, national records, and provincial records have dropped substantially. Athletes are going faster all the time, which means more potential for injury. I, for one am sick about the injuries that have taken some of our top skaters out of this upcoming Olympic competition or have set them back in their training already. We will likely never get to see the great Hyun Soo Ahn compete again (broken knee cap), Ho Suk Lee is out (broken ankle), JR Celski (skate cut) will skate and we’ll keep our fingers crossed he is completely healthy, and Charles Hamelin was lucky to have sustained only a very mild concussion. And for every one of these top skaters I mentioned, there are many more skaters of all levels who have had similar injuries that may have been avoided with better safety standards.
BLOGS & OLYMPIC ARTICLES
- One11Twelve [Meeting up with friends] [A day to get acquainted]
- Valérie Maltais [Bientôt] [Vancouver 2010 !]
- Speed skater J.R. Celski overcomes scary, bloody accident to reach Olympics
- Olympic speedskater and former Caledonia resident Kimberly Derrick has changed, but her inspiration has not
- Michael Gilday- An Article- No more Hero Worship
- Denton Speedskater finds way to walk in opening ceremonies
- Maos Heatbox [Maos Olympia-Tagebuch (11 Feb)] [Maos Olympia-Tagebuch (10 Feb)]
- USA’s Opolo Ohno [Apolo Anton Ohno is the Babe Ruth of short-track speed skating] [It's showtime for Apolo Anton Ohno at his third Winter Games]
- Shorttracker Knegt: Zwaar ijs
- Patinage Vitesse Courte Piste [1980 Olympics proved to be the Greggs’ sparkplug for love] [Le temps des récoltes commence samedi] [Gregg parents make way for second generation of Olympians] [François Hamelin donne la frousse]
- Le grand rêve olympique
- The veteran and the comeback kid
- Laurie Marceau- Fébrile jusqu’au bout… des lames!
Canada’s Olympic female short track skaters- photo from One11Twelve
PICTURES & VIDEOS
- Pictures- 2010 Winter Olympics from Valérie Maltais
- Pictures- Jeux Olympiques 2010 from sb
- Video- OSSC Junior Club Members
Photo from valerie
USA’s Olympic female short track skaters- photo from Kimberly Derrick