As many of you have been doing in the last week or so I have been following the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. The Olympics is one of the few times humanity puts aside a majority of it's issues and comes together in freindly competition of sports and physical feats. Thus the idea of having a physical, but safe, enviroment for these athletes and competitors is essential when any host nations operates the games.
That being said there seems to have been a lot of injuries during these current games. I remember watching the 2010 Vancouver games, and the 2012 Lodon games, that injuries were low and were the exception and not the norm during those events. Assuredly some people would get hurt, but not in the manner we have seen in Sochi. To give you a brief explanation I will mention a few events that have transpired in recent days......
To start the first sign of problems was at the opening ceremony, when after everything was said and done a repair worker attempting to fix the malfunction Olympic Ring(which was part of the Ceremonial Show) was knocked off and fell almost 125ft; sustaining a major consussion, broken back and broken right arm.
Following that Heidi Kloser, the American Mogul champion, was severely injured after a major wipe out on the Qualifying run. If memory serves me right many of the Olympians had complained the track was sub-par, but went ahead with the competition. (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/ol...icle-1.1605575
) Several other Olympian Mogul skiers sustained minor injuries when they too had wipe outs on the course during both practice and competition(Male and Female)
Then we heard of the demise of Team Sweden's Hockey players, notable Henrik Zetterberg( http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/olympi...2222707.html);
although I was unable to find out what happened to the other 2 players injuried(one during practice and another during their first game).
Then the all-American Shuan White, the Hot Tomato of Snowboarding, pulled out of Slopstyle because of an injury to the wrist he sustained during practice. Though this was minut, it really put pressure on the man for the Half-Pipe competition which sadly Russia's "I-POD" shut him out for.
Then the back to back incidents of Olympics Ski jumpers Kamil Stoch of Poland and Mikhail Maksimochkin of Russia who epically crashed and sustained serious injuries during practice. (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/winter-o...raining-falls/
Then the epic crash that made news worldwide, a Ice Worker smoothing part of the Bobsleigh track was moved down by a test run that he was apprarently not informed of. The man suffered 2 Broken legs, and is still in critical condition at a local hospital. (http://olympics.cbc.ca/news/article/...-olympics.html
Finally the most recent injury, and a personal loss for me and all figure skating fans, was the back injury sustained by Evgeni Plushenko, a personal Russian, favorite of figure skating, injured his back in practice the other day(Check Google for dozens of article on the matter).
Additionally I would point out all the minor injuries sustained on crappy moguls, badly designed Half-Pipes, and crappy "non-zambonied" ice for the figure skater(who always seems to fall down and wipe out this time round). Again I know it is early, but am I the only one noticing all these unusual, and alarming, injuries as they pile up?