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Germans call for bobsleigh course to be closed after crashes

AFP/The Local · 27 Feb 2010, 09:18

Published: 27 Feb 2010 09:18 GMT+01:00

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Steven Holcomb was on the way to gold in USA 1 after opening up a provisional 0.4 sec lead over Canada 1 and four-time German Olympic champion Andre Lange - who just avoided a mishap of his own on the dreaded "50-50" curve 13.

"It's becoming a farce - they ought to call the race off," said former Olympic champion and German women's team coach Wolfgang Hoppe.

As Lange struggled to find the form that won him the two-man gold last week, fellow German competitor Karl Angerer, pilot in Germany 3, said the course was just too dangerous.

"The course is very dangerous. It's just brutal what they are demanding of the pilots," he said.

There have been some 20 crashes overall on the track where Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili in pre-Games training died in a crash during pre-competition training.

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Two-man bronze medallist Alexsandr Zubkov was one of those to crash Friday while five teams pulled out ahead of the competition.

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00:47 February 28, 2010 by madgerman1
The track should be closed not worth the lives of german athlets.
02:47 February 28, 2010 by Eagle1
It is embarrassing to see a German complain about the course. Your guys are supposed to be the best in the world, Wolfgang. Swap your skirt for a pair of pants, you sissy.

That said, bobsleds should be equipped with some type of brake that the driver can use during descent so that everyone would stop bitching about the dangerousness of a particular course. If you feel that you're going too fast, hit the brake. The only hurdle is to design a brake that does not adversely affect the ice on the course for following sleds.
19:41 February 28, 2010 by madgerman1
If you are alert ,which i see you are not, i didnt say ALL athltes, i said GERMAN athletes.We are the best and also the smartest. You see you cannot win a race if your dead, dumkoff!
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