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Volume 10 No. 26
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Supervisor Says Sochi Bobsled Course Safe But Accidents Can Still Happen

As Sochi Winter Olympic constructors "put the final touches to the world’s longest bobsled track," its supervisor Vyacheslav Shavlev said that "it was 'one of the safest tracks in the world' with three uphill sections designed to slow competitors who build up a dangerous head of steam," according to R-SPORT. But even that "cannot ensure there will not be accidents" come February. Shavlev said, "If an athlete comes here and doesn’t have enough experience of negotiating these kinds of tracks … I can’t give any kind of guarantee whatsoever. This (safety) is the responsibility of the coach and the competition organizers. I answer for the track, and today, in my opinion, the track is extremely safe" (R-SPORT, 9/25).