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FIL Probe Declares That The Whistler Track Was Not The Cause Of The Accident

The FIL has finished their probe of the Nodar Kumaritashvili accident and have concluded that the Whistler track is safe. Changes will be made to the track including raising the wall where Kumaritashvili crashed and changing the ice profile.

Here is the statement from VANOC and FIL:

It appears after a routine run, the athlete came late out of curve 15 and did not compensate properly to make correct entrance into curve 16. This resulted in a late entrance into curve 16 and although the athlete worked to correct the problem he eventually lost control of the sled resulting in the tragic accident. The technical officials of the FIL were able to retrace the path of the athlete and concluded there was no indication that the accident was caused by deficiencies in the track.

The first two runs of the men’s competition will start at 5 pm local time on Saturday.