Ran across this and thought it was an interesting perspective from a renowned Olympic competitor.
No way of knowing, for sure, but many of the adults I knew had fought in the war. Mr XXXX, our XXXX, NH next door neighbor, had a bullet in his arm, and Mr XXX had bomb splinters that sometimes came out of his back---I remember those very vividly.
A very famous horseman in the UK had very similar thoughts about the dangers of 3 day eventing and the changing attitude towards risk.
And how does that all mesh with the current craze for "risk" sports/skiing and activities that seems to fly in the face of the new safety doctrine?