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    Sad news: Luger dies in crash

    Nodar Kumaritashvili, a 21-year old Georgian luger, died today after a crash during a practice run in Vancouver.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/13/sp...cs/13luge.html
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100212...nXONKNa0MIO7gF

    Incredibly tragic and heartbreaking.

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    It's a reminder that life is precious and can be lost in an instant. my prayers and thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.


    Interesting to read that this course has been talked about all week as being unsafe. It's so sad that it takes something so drastic for a meeting to actually be called:

    It was unclear how fast Kumaritashvili was going, although many sliders have exceeded 90 mph on this course. The track is considered the world's fastest and several Olympians recently questioned its safety. More than a dozen athletes have crashed during Olympic training.
    Earlier in the day, gold-medal favorite Armin Zoeggeler of Italy crashed, losing control of his sled on Curve 11. Zoeggeler came off his sled and held it with his left arm to keep it from smashing atop his body. He slid on his back down several curves before coming to a stop and walking away.
    Training days in Whistler have been crash-filled. A Romanian woman was briefly knocked unconscious and at least four Americans -- Chris Mazdzer on Wednesday, Megan Sweeney on Thursday and both Tony Benshoof and Bengt Walden on Friday in the same training session where Zoeggeler wrecked -- have had serious trouble just getting down the track.
    "I think they are pushing it a little too much," Australia's Hannah Campbell-Pegg said Thursday night after she nearly lost control in training. "To what extent are we just little lemmings that they just throw down a track and we're crash-test dummies? I mean, this is our lives."
    quotes from this article: http://www.nbcolympics.com/news-feat...sly+hurt+crash

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    Melissa Hollingsworth, one of our top Skelton racers, has also said that the track's a bit tricky due to the speeds reached on it.

    So very, very tragic and my thoughts and prayers are not only w/his family and friends, but the entire Georgian Olympic Team.

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    This article from before the incident shows that the Canadian organizers are culpable for his death as well as the injuries suffered by other competitors:

    http://www.nbcolympics.com/news-feat...id=409285.html

    In a ruthless drive to increase Canada's medal count, the organizers deliberately built a course that is considered dangerous and difficult even by elite lugers, and then gave the Canadian athletes far more time and opportunity to practice on the course. And now this has gone beyond unsporting to inhuman. This taints whatever medals the Canadian athletes will win. There has been a lot of corruption and human rights violations with various Olympic games, but this stands out as one of the most disgusting things a host country has perpetrated.

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    Latest is that the Georgian delegation may pull out of the Games-I've heard both "may" and "will" used, so I don't know when the decision's being made, though it probably will be by tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissIzzy View Post
    Latest is that the Georgian delegation may pull out of the Games-I've heard both "may" and "will" used, so I don't know when the decision's being made, though it probably will be by tonight.
    I hope they stay in, and that all of the athletes pull out amazing feats of their own in honor of their fallen teammate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DesertRoad View Post
    In a ruthless drive to increase Canada's medal count, the organizers deliberately built a course that is considered dangerous and difficult even by elite lugers, and then gave the Canadian athletes far more time and opportunity to practice on the course. And now this has gone beyond unsporting to inhuman. This taints whatever medals the Canadian athletes will win. There has been a lot of corruption and human rights violations with various Olympic games, but this stands out as one of the most disgusting things a host country has perpetrated.
    Wow, how offensive and insulting can one get?

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    A Sad Pre- Opening - Georgia May Withdraw

    Tragically 21 yr. old Nodar Kumaritashvili - Luge : Georgia ,was killed in his second training run today . Georgia is considering withdrawing it's team. I couldn't find a link for some reason..but it will be everywhere any time now.

    How heartbreaking. no-one should ever forget what these athletes put on the line.
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    Edit : Sorry ..noticed after the fact that this was posted in the non- skating section...

    What a terrible thing ..the emotional anguish the other Georgian athletes must be feeling..their friend and teammate and their own Olympic dreams gone in a flash..all the attendant grief, and the confused emotions it brings..it's all dreadful.

    From a skating centric POV, I'm sending thought s of caring and strenghth to Elene.
    Last edited by colleen o'neill; 02-12-2010 at 06:21 PM.

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    Sad Day At Olympics Yesterday....

    It was stunning news to hear about the death of the Luge skater from Georgia (Russia) yesterday, before the Olympics were officially open. All Canadians sent heartfelt condolences as they prepared for the biggest event ever to take place here in Vancouver.

    http://www.ctvolympics.ca/luge/news/...mise+made+best

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