Letterman slams handling of luge death

By QMI Agency

David Letterman is the latest to take a shot at the way Olympic officials handled the death of Georgian luge competitor Nodar Kumaritashvili.

After his monologue Monday night on the Late Show, the host criticized officials who blamed the death on Kumaritashvili's lack of experience and a "mistake" during his trial run.

"For them to say it is because he made a mistake, that just stinks. Because if the kid made a mistake and that was the end of it, they wouldn't have repaired the track and covered up the girders and started from the women's starting point," Letterman said of the changes made following the Georgian's death.

"You know what it is? Itıs hypocrisy, ladies and gentlemen." Letterman's remarks join a chorus of critics who are questioning the reaction of the Olympic committee to Kumaritashvili's death.

Many are also criticizing Canada's practice policies leading up to the Games, saying our drive to "own the podium" is partly to blame.

"Money has been poured into training, while a hard-edged approach has been adopted in dealing with other teams, most noticeably in granting them only limited access to facilities such as the sliding track," the UK Guardian observed Sunday. "In the run-up to these games, the hosts -- or at least the Canadian Olympic Committee -- seemed to have mislaid their manners."

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