OK, can't let this go I guess. The track should be fast. It should carry with it some danger. The purpose is to test the very best athletes in these sports to their limits. It is the Olympics after all. Obviously there can't be any possibility of anyone or anything flying out of the track. The history of the sport carries with it people and sleds flying out of the track. With that both competitors and spectators have been hurt and even died as a result of things escaping a track. In this day of CAD design, computer power, and nth degree math - how is it even possible for this to happen? It simply isn't conceivable. In colder terms, maybe a sled runner causes the impossible cut as has happened in hockey often and to this point thankfully without death. Maybe that happens with a slider. Not much to be done about that really from an engineering POV. But people shouldn't fly out a track ever. Are you kidding me? In simplisitc terms any designer should have tested for making the complete wrong directional turn - possibly a polar opposite of the otherwise natural flow of a "dead weight" - appologies for the term - at every possible point on the track. Add in maxumum possible G-forces and rebound characteristics of the human body. If anything escapes then you change the track to eliminate the possibility. An article mentioned the pole hit wasn't padded. Well, of course it isn't padded. If athere was any possibility of anything flying out of track, the track should have been advusted. You can't have anything flying out of track at the 60+ mph things still move at crashes near the bottom. A nerf ball hits you at 60 mph, that's a problem. In years past walls were shorter, speeds were less, what was possible was less, so forces acting on the body, sled, and track were less. People pushed boundaries and people sometimes died. Tracks were made safer. I'm not saying this designing bit is anything near easy, but it's a simplistic idea with today's tools. One idea being, nothing escapes the track. Something went horribly wrong both in the process of what is possible in the conception and buiding of this track and, of course, in the reality of what did happen with the Georgian. This isn't the first Engineering failure to have caused a death. KC's most familiar happening is the Hyatt collapse some 30 years ago. Even then the correct information was available, but was ignored. I'd hate to think that with as many runs as have happened on this track to date and the rather blunt feedback from athletes previous to the unfortunate death, that the information was simply ignored in favor of ignoring the need of a screen or safety net that might otherwise impede a television camera. I honestly can't conceive of how it can be anything else. For informational purposes the NHL had a young girl die in the stands on an end as she was hit with a puck that defelcted high. The NHL now has nets at the ends to stop errant pucks. Mostly that's how we humans work. We build things, accidents happen, people die, and changes are made in reaction. With today's math and computer power, it should never happen anymore. Very sad.