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In the wake of Olympic luger Nodar Kumaritashvili's tragic death, officials have come under fire for blaming the athlete "for a mistake...that had fatal consequences." One person in particular who took issue with Olympic officials was late night talk show host David Letterman, who delivered a stinging criticism after his opening monologue on yesterday's show.
Letterman, seated at his Late Show desk, condemned calling the death a mistake, asking his audience, "I just wonder if it had anything to do with those exposed steel girders… Don’t blame the kid, for god’s sake," adding, "For them to say that he made a mistake, that just stinks."
Letterman, 62, touched on how Kumaritashvili had spoken to his father prior to the fatal accident, "He had said to his dad. ‘I think something’s a little haywire here; I’m a little bit frightened about the track.'" Kumaritashvili, 21, who was representing the Russian country of Georgia at the Vancouver games, died when he crashed during a practice run.
Since the athlete's untimely death, alterations have been made to the track, a move which made Letterman question Olympic officials' part in the blame. He pondered, "they repaired the track and covered up the girders and started (the race) from the women’s starting point?" Letterman went on to say bluntly state, "You know what it is? It’s hypocrisy, ladies and gentlemen."
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