Do the Winter Olympics Have a Death Wish?

Do the Winter Olympics Have a Death Wish?

Not only did American Seth Westcott win gold in Monday's snowboardcross competition, but the event came to a merciful conclusion without any substantial harm (i.e. death or disfigurement) to the athletes.

In other words, NBC's television audience got what it wanted.

Or did it?

Four days into the Vancouver games, this Olympiad's defining event remains the death of Nodar Kumaritashvili, a 21-year-old luger from the Republic of Georgia. He was going about 90 mph on a course already feared to be too damn fast, when he crashed into an uncovered support post during a practice round.

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