Georgian Luger Dies in Olympic Training Run

February 12, 2010 at 16:29 (News, Sports)

How sad. This kind of thing is always terrible. I imagine in this case moreso as some loud-mouthed official sent word before the man’s family was notified. There’s no common decency in the world anymore.

WHISTLER, British Columbia — An Olympic official with direct knowledge of the situation says a men’s luger from the country of Georgia has died after a training crash.

The official told The Associated Press that the International Olympic Committee received confirmation of Nodar Kumaritashvili’s death. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the luger’s family hadn’t been notified yet.

An official statement was to be released soon.

Mr. Kumaritashvili, 21, lost control of his sled near the finish Friday, went over the track wall and struck an unpadded steel pole near the finish line at Whistler Sliding Center.

Mr. Kumaritashvili struck the inside wall of the track on the final turn. His body immediately went airborne and cleared the ice-coated concrete wall along the left side of the sliding surface. His sled remained in the track, and it appeared his helmet visor skidded down the ice.

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