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The women, too, made no secret of their frustration at having to slide a shorter, modified course. Germany's Natalie Geisenberger said it was now essentially a track for children.
"I don't know what went on behind closed doors, but there weren't very many options," said world champion Erin Hamlin of Remsen, N.Y. "You can't change how the track was built in 24 hours."
Debate continued Sunday about how much the luger's own handling of the course contributed to the accident. Luge officials said in the hours after the crash that his failure to compensate for a late exit from a prior turn was to blame.
Clive Woodward, performance director for the British Olympic Committee, told a BBC Radio program the track was safe.
"Now they've all seen it and the shock has gone away, I think it's fair to say ... this was an error by a young luge athlete," he said. "That was it. It was put down to driver error," he said.
However, Anita DeFrantz, an American member of the IOC who competed as an Olympic athlete in rowing, said it was unfair to assess blame.
"I don't think it's a question of fault," she said. "We need to understand he was here doing the best he could do. It's unfortunate he let go of the luge at 100 mph. Things happen. I'm not sure there's anything that could have been done differently."
The British Columbia Coroner's Service is investigating the crash. A spokesman for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said investigators were done gathering evidence and witness accounts. Collision reconstruction experts also examined the scene.
IOC executive board member Gerhard Heiberg, a Norwegian who organized the 1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer, said it was too early to draw any long-term lessons from the crash.
"We have not discussed the consequences for later games at this stage," he said. "We will try to find out what happened, what can we do to prevent this. I will not speculate at this stage."
Meantime, Olympic officials tried to return the focus to competition.
"Under the somber circumstances, it can be difficult to celebrate," IOC spokesman Mark Adams said. "But it's a good Olympics."
Friday's opening ceremony was dedicated to Kumaritashvili, and in addition to making plans for the return of his body, Olympic organizers said they would consider how to pay tribute in the future.
"We're still working closely with the family," Adams said. "When the time is right, we will think about a more lasting legacy."
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