Nodar Kumaritashvili is Olympic Luger (Photos and Crash Video)

February 13, 2010

Meet Nodar Kumaritashvili, he is Olympic Luger. Reportedly, the Olympic hopeful perished in doing what he loved, a passion for sports. Find out more saddening details and see photos and the crash video here.

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It is a sad day today, as we watch the Olympics in Vancouver, as we have learned that a Georgian Luger has lost his life while training.

As a biography, Nodar Kumaritashvili was born in Borjomi, Georgian SSR on November 25, 1988 so his age is 21. He was 5’10” weighing in at 176 pounds. He was an athlete in the sport of Luge. Prior to his first Olympic Games of 2010 held in Vancouver, Canada he placed 55th at the 2008-2009 Luge World Cup and qualified for the mens’ singles event to compete at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

Unfortunate news breaks just hours before the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. Nodar Kumaritashvili was performing a practice run down the ice at a reported estimate of almost 90 mph, when the Olympic hopeful lost control of his sled and crashed. He propelled into what they say, and un-padded metal pole on the side of the track, leaving him lifeless.

It is said that the medical team instantly rushed to his side and started CPR and the Olympic Luger was air-lifted to a nearby trauma center in Whistler where Kumaritashvili was later pronounced dead.

The International Olympics Committee’s president, Jacques Rogge, said that his death “clearly casts a shadow over these Games.” Also tearfully expressing that “The IOC is in deep mourning,” adding, “Kumaritashvili lost his life pursuing his passion. I have no words to say what we feel.”

It goes without saying that others have offered their concerns about the luge track, considering that “it is to be the fastest in the world”. Reportedly, there have already been multiple crashes so far. So really, how fast is just too fast? It was Kumaritashvili’s second practice run on the track today.

What a tragedy to fall on such an anticipated day. My heart goes out to the athlete’s loved ones. This is truly, such a sad start to the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver. And yet the show must go on.

Please leave your thoughts about the Olympic Luger, Nodar Kumaritashvili in the comment box.

When watching the accident video and viewing pictures in the jump below, please know that these may be “graphic” to some viewers.

For photos of the accident, click here.

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(Click on the photo to enlarge)

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