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    Georgian luger injured in crash dies

    On the eve of the Vancouver Olympics opening ceremony, tragedy strikes on the luge course. How incredibly sad for this athlete, his family and his Georgian team. Not sure how the Olympic Committee will handle this, but they certainly have their work cut out for them, I think.

    If you happen on the video of this accident, it is strongly advised to not watch. From what I have read, it is extremely gruesome.

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    Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili, who suffered a horrific crash Friday in an Olympic training run at Whistler, has died, the International Olympic Committee confirmed to CBC.

    Kumaritashvili was coming around the final 270-degree turn, where speeds approach 140 km/h, 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.

    Training was 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.

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    No men are anywhere, and Im allowed to go in, because Im the owner of the pageant and therefore Im inspecting it, Trump said... Is everyone OK? You know, theyre standing there with no clothes. Is everybody OK? And you see these incredible looking women, and so I sort of get away with things like that.

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    Re: Georgian luger injured in crash dies

    How sad, all that training and getting on the country's Olympic team and then this happens. I read on ESPN that part of the luge track is 50/50 because there is a 50% chance that you will flip on a few of the turns.

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    Re: Georgian luger injured in crash dies

    Quote Originally Posted by soccerboy22 View Post
    How sad, all that training and getting on the country's Olympic team and then this happens. I read on ESPN that part of the luge track is 50/50 because there is a 50% chance that you will flip on a few of the turns.
    Yeah it is sad. Luging is a pretty dangerous sport, obviously.
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    Re: Georgian luger injured in crash dies

    Quote Originally Posted by soccerboy22 View Post
    How sad, all that training and getting on the country's Olympic team and then this happens. I read on ESPN that part of the luge track is 50/50 because there is a 50% chance that you will flip on a few of the turns.

    It seems the course is too fast and dangerous from what I have read. This is not good, and I can't help but think how this was not determined well in advance of the Olympics. However, I don't know the full details, and members are currently meeting to decide on how to proceed from here on.
    No men are anywhere, and Im allowed to go in, because Im the owner of the pageant and therefore Im inspecting it, Trump said... Is everyone OK? You know, theyre standing there with no clothes. Is everybody OK? And you see these incredible looking women, and so I sort of get away with things like that.

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    Re: Georgian luger injured in crash dies

    Quote Originally Posted by AgentM View Post
    Yeah it is sad. Luging is a pretty dangerous sport, obviously.
    Thing is, I don't recall any prior deaths from this sport. Do you know of any?
    No men are anywhere, and Im allowed to go in, because Im the owner of the pageant and therefore Im inspecting it, Trump said... Is everyone OK? You know, theyre standing there with no clothes. Is everybody OK? And you see these incredible looking women, and so I sort of get away with things like that.

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    Re: Georgian luger injured in crash dies

    Quote Originally Posted by Middleground View Post
    It seems the course is too fast and dangerous from what I have read. This is not good, and I can't help but think how this was not determined well in advance of the Olympics. However, I don't know the full details, and members are currently meeting to decide on how to proceed from here on.
    I know when I read the article on ESPN my first thought was how can who ever is in charge of this track miss so a big thing. I do not think one Olympian that ESPN interviewed at a positive thing to say about the track. I hope they are able to find a fix for it because 50% is too big of chance imo for an Olympic event.

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    Re: Georgian luger injured in crash dies

    Quote Originally Posted by Middleground View Post
    Thing is, I don't recall any prior deaths from this sport. Do you know of any?
    Not off hand, but I don't follow sports.
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    Re: Georgian luger injured in crash dies

    Quote Originally Posted by soccerboy22 View Post
    I know when I read the article on ESPN my first thought was how can who ever is in charge of this track miss so a big thing. I do not think one Olympian that ESPN interviewed at a positive thing to say about the track. I hope they are able to find a fix for it because 50% is too big of chance imo for an Olympic event.
    It's sounding like the designers were perhaps overly ambitious.

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    Re: Georgian luger injured in crash dies

    Quote Originally Posted by Middleground View Post
    It seems the course is too fast and dangerous from what I have read. This is not good, and I can't help but think how this was not determined well in advance of the Olympics. However, I don't know the full details, and members are currently meeting to decide on how to proceed from here on.
    They can, and are going to slow it down it sounds like.
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    Re: Georgian luger injured in crash dies

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    They can, and are going to slow it down it sounds like.
    Good I LOVE watching the Olympics and I love to see each countries athlete's give it their all for their country. When I read stories about universal complaints like this track it makes me worry that too much chance will come into play and may ruin the entire event.

    That said GO U.S.A!

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