Severely Canadian: Oly Coverage Is ‘Death Porn’?

I love my Canadian brothers and sisters so it pained me to see their media’s overreaction to the so-called embarrassment of the Olympic torch malfunction and training death of the Georgian luger yesterday.

Vancouver Games Olympic Torch Malfunction

(Okay, Gretz could’ve used some powder)

The Opening Ceremonies were magnificient, yet five of the first six grafs in the VANCOUVER SUN’s account of Friday night lamented one of the four torch towers failing to rise from the floor. (Who gives a damn!)

Vancouver Games Olympic Torch Malfunction

Then there’s the coverage of the random death of anonymous Georgian luge participant Nodar Kumaritashvili, which the Sun characterized asdeath porn.”

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Georgian Olympic Luger Killed In Practice Accident

Nodar Kumaritashvili, an Olympic luge competitor from the nation of Georgia, died today after sustaining injuries from a horrific crash during a practice run in Whistler, British Columbia.

Georgia Olympic luge rider Nodar Kumaritashvili


Kumaritashvili was going close to 150 km/h, near the end of the course, when he launched off the track. Witnesses say his body hit a metal pole. Medical personnel performed CPR through a plastic tube and almost immediately an ambulance rushed Kumaritashvili from Whistler Olympic Park to the local hospital.

Pictures & a link to video of Nodar’s crash, if you feel comfortable enough to view them, are after the jump.

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