Olympic Luger Dies Following Practice Crash
Nodar Kumaritashvili of Georgia lost control of his sled
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 12, 2010 2:52 PM CST
Nodar Kumaritashvili of Georgia receives mouth-to-mouth resuscitation after crashing during a training run for the men's singles luge at the Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, Feb. 12, 2010.    (Michael Sohn)
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(Newser) – Just hours before the opening ceremony, an Olympic luger from the country of Georgia died today after a crash during training near Vancouver. Nodar Kumaritashvili, 21, lost control of his sled, went over the track wall, and struck an unpadded steel pole near the finish line at Whistler Sliding Center. Rescue workers were at his side within seconds, and he was quickly airlifted to a trauma center, where he was pronounced dead.