Vancouver 2010: Bobsleigh a 'Farce' As 6 Teams Crash and 5 Pull Out

Daniel GoochAnalyst IFebruary 27, 2010

WHISTLER, BC - FEBRUARY 18:  Czech 1 driven by Ivo Danilevic crashes during Two-Man Bobsleigh training on day 7 of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics at The Whistler Sliding Centre on February 18, 2010 in Whistler, Canada.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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The four man bobsleigh competition has been called a farse as six teams crashed out in the heats and 5 teams pulled out because of the saftey worries.

The five teams that have pulled out are Latvia, Australia, Switzerland, Netherlands and Liechtenstein.

German team member Karl Angerer said the course was too dangerous to compete on, while a coach called for the whole event to be cancelled.

The Whistler course has now claimed it's name as one of the most dangerous courses in the world, as it has had 20 crashes including the unforgetable one where Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili died when training just before the start of the games.

In the opening two heats of the four-man event, all of the six crews that crashed, managed to do it on the same bend - turn 13.

The worst one of the lot was the Russians crash.

They slammed into the wall of the course at 140km an hour, turning the bobsleigh upside down and scrapping the heads along a large section of the course.

The bobsleigh event has always been a dangerous event, but should new saftey precautions be put in place so that there are less crashes? Or are the crashes part of the spectale?