Kids and Dangerous Sports

On August 29th, 2010, 13 year old Perer Lenz  was killed when he was struck by another rider after he crashed on the warm up lap of his USGPRU race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He was the youngest person to be killed at that track.

In the wake of Peter's death, there were many debates over how young is too young to be roadracing.


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I was at the speedway the day Peter died. I had not heard his name before that day, but I was very affected by his passing. I was not sure how I felt about 12 and 13 year olds being professional roadracers, but I knew learning of his passing hurt more because of his young age.

Ultimately, it is up to the parents to decide. I applaud his parents for realizing that Peter had a talent at an early age and chose to support him. I often wonder if I could have been a professional athlete if my parents would have focused more attention on my athleticism. I do not think there is a right or wrong answer to the debate.But I wonder, if we never hear of a young child being killed while racing motorcycles ever again, would we be ok with it then? Or do we think it is wrong because we feel victimized when tragedies like this happen? Almost like we are inconvenienced by the hurt that comes along with hearing that a child's life has been lost.

This article suggests that kids are just not suited for life on the edge. What do you think?

A memorial fund has been set up for Peter Lenz.

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  • I am torn on this issue. On one hand I don't think a 13 year can fully understand the risks. However, injuries and even death can occur in so many different sports; a couple weeks ago a 15 year old died during football practice. In the end I believe it is up to the parents to judge the maturity level of their child and realize the risks.

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