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Old 02-12-2010, 05:34 PM
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candle Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili

Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili died tday in a horrific crash in an Olympic training run at Whistler, B.C., just hours before the opening ceremonies.
Kumaritashvili was coming around the final 270-degree turn, where speeds approach 140 kilometres an hour, when he flipped off his sled and flew into a metal pole.
Medics administered CPR to the 21-year-old from Borjomi, Georgia, before he was lifted into an ambulance. An air-rescue helicopter arrived eight minutes after the crash.
Luge training has been suspended indefinitely. Members of the International Luge Federation were called for a briefing and team captains from each country were asked to attend a meeting.

International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge had difficulty keeping his composure at a brief, sombre media conference.
"This is a very sad day. The IOC is in deep mourning," he said. "Here you have a young athlete who lost his life in pursuing his passion. He had a dream to participate in the Olympic Games, he trained hard, and had this fatal accident.
"I have no words to say what we feel."


My heart goes out to his family and friends.

The Georgian team will be marching in the opening ceremonies to honour their fallen team mate.
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That is so sad. We will be praying for his family.
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Very Sad.

I have seen this on the internet and questions will be asked about the design of the course and why these metal poles were where they are
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R.I.P. young man.....man....21 years of age...too early....terrible...will be prayin for his family.

and true....this course will now be tested and tested and question will be asked why that pole he flew into was not guarded in any way...this is the first fatal accident in luge or bobsled since years i THINK
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So sad! May he rest in peace! I think they honored and remembered him well last night. I saw his run. What a horrible way for the Olympics to begin.
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Very heartbreaking. I was so disturbed that Good Morning America played the clip this morning.. how inappropriate and awful for this family.
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My prayers go out to his family, friends, and teammates.
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