2010 Winter Olympics Schedule of Events...
Here's some links that might be helpful to you throughout the 2010 Winter Olympic games...
THE OFFICIAL WINTER OLYMPICS SCHEDULE
THE SCHEDULE FROM THE OFFICIAL WINTER OLYMPICS PAGE (a better and more detailed schedule, but the times listed are for Vancouver - three hours earlier than Buffalo)
THE US / NBC TV SCHEDULE
THE CANADIAN / CTV TV SCHEDULE
It's been a terrible start to the Winter Olympics - with an accident that really shouldn't have happened.
The Whistler Sliding Centre track for luge was known to be treacherous and yet very little was done to protect the athletes when things go wrong (there's already been quite a few problems on the track this week). A net or something should have been put in.
Or better yet, the track should have been adjusted long before the Olympics - because at the extreme speeds they've been registering on the track, even a net probably wouldn't help much.
Here's the NBC profile page for Nodar Kumaritashvili, the Georgian athlete who died. As of now, there's none of the accident pictures on this page, which is why I linked up to that. The news tab there will list all the stories associated with this horrible accident.
Here's another article from SportingNews that goes into a lot of detail on the accident and the track's problems (with only one picture of the accident itself). In case you haven't noticed, I'm not a fan of the gruesome pictures being posted all over the place online.
Even though it's been reported he wasn't the most experienced athlete at luge, he was good enough to make the Olympics and managed to come in 55th last year at the 2008 - 2009 Luge World Cup and was 28 out of 32 for the 2009 - 2010 Luge World Cup. To even qualify for that competition, you have to know what you're doing. Imagine what could happen to a less experienced athlete.
As you can probably tell, luge is my favorite of the Olympic sports. In fact, it's my favorite of all sports. So I'll definitely be watching all four runs tomorrow and Sunday.
Hopefully, Nodar's accident has triggered more safety precautions, so there's no other accidents or injuries on this track as the luge competition is set to begin tomorrow (but could be postponed).
Then it's the Olympic sport of skeleton starting Thursday (skeleton is very similar to luge, but the athletes go down head first while on their stomach). That's followed by Bobsled next Saturday. All three events will be held on the same track.