WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) - The sledders all agree: the Olympic track is fast - the fastest there is and likely ever will be. Where they differ is just how furious it is.
The death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili and more crashes since at Whistler - including four on Saturday night alone as bobsled competition began - have opened an emotional debate among sliders. Negotiating the course's 16 icy bends excites many but makes others anxious. Some teams complain it is dangerous.
The pressure of Olympic competition only ups the ante. So, too, does the fact that some pilots have scarcely any experience on the track, the world's fastest. The most outspoken pilot has been Shauna Rohbock, the 2006 silver medalist who called the Whistler Sliding Center "stupid fast."