David Letterman criticizes Olympic officials for accusing deceased luger Nodar Kumaritashvili of making a mistake

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 16, 2010 10:04 am

On David Letterman’s talk show last night, after his opening monologue jokes, he went on to criticize Olympic officials as hypocrites. Some of them had said one of the reasons for the tragic luge death of Georgian athlete Nodar Kumaritashvili was because Nodar himself had made a mistake.

This outraged many, and David Letterman vocalized the outrage. He said:    

“A ‘mistake’? I just wonder if it had anything to do with those exposed steel girders… Don’t blame the kid, for god’s sake. He had said to his dad. ‘I think something’s a little haywire here; I’m a little bit frightened about the track’…For them to say that he made a mistake, that just stinks.

    “Why is it that they then repaired the track and covered up the girders and started [the race] from the wormen’s starting point? You know what it is? It’s hypocrisy, ladies and gentlemen.”

We hope these Games can continue without anymore tragedy, and our deepest condolences go out to all who knew Nodar. May he rest in peace.