My first reaction was pure outrage...then I thought about my daughter starting to learn to ski when she was 3. By the time she was 8, she was definitely skiing at speeds that could have resulted in death if she had caught an edge at just the wrong time and hit a tree. I probably read about 1-2 junior ski racers a year who die in the White or Green Mountains...almost always when they are freeskiing, places without a safety net like a race course will have. These events always make me sad, but I tell myself that they were doing something they really loved and pushed it a bit too much or some little thing like a binding failed them...never made me think that my daughter or I should quit skiing.
Not such a simple issue as I thought about it more, I'm sure they work hard to make the junior drag racing safe and I'd guess that the kids just love it...almost anything that is truly fun has some level of danger to it.
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Exactly my thoughts Virtus, though I couldn't put them down in a way that I felt was good enough. I don't have kids, however I have been thinking about them a lot and this sort of thing wouldn't keep me from letting them participate in hobbies like this if that was something that truly interested them. Its horrible when something happens, but you can't have growth without risk. The best thing is when something happens try to learn from it and figure out how we might be able to mitigate this particular circumstance, so that the loss wasnt wasted.
Edited by Colt45ws (11/13/1702:08 AM)
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