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.
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.
More to come
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