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Brandi Chastain on luge death

By Elliott Almond
Friday, February 12th, 2010 at 10:05 pm in Uncategorized.

VANCOUVER, B.C. –Brandi Chastain isn’t a Winter Olympian, but the extraordinary San Jose soccer player is a World Cup champion and has won two gold medals and one silver medal in three Olympics. So I thought I’d share her perspective on the tragedy that beset the Vancouver Games on the first day. Nodar Kumaritashvili, 21, of the Republic of Georgia died in a gruesome luge crash during training Friday morning.  

“I am saddened by the death and think that the Olympics need to remember that the competition isn’t about pushing the envelope, but about who is the best on the day,” Brandi wrote in an e-mail. “I don’t think that those tracks need to be dangerous to see who is the most technical and fastest.”

The FC Gold Pride had announced Friday that it had released Chastain, who a women soccer pioneer and one of the most influential athletes in the Bay Area and beyond.


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