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Damn, Winter Olympics Claims It's First Life. Luger Dies In Training Crash
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Damn, Winter Olympics Claims It's First Life. Luger Dies In Training Crash - February 12, 2010, 02:35 PM

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http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=6202459n&tag=api

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=0ba_1266003820



http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/mo..._hospital.html

Olympic luger Nodar Kumaritashvili from Georgia is killed after horrific training crash


WHISTLER – A Georgian luger has been killed at the Winter Games following a horrific crash on an exceedingly dangerous luge course, a USOC official confirmed Friday afternoon.

Hours before the Opening Ceremony at the Vancouver Games, Nodar Kumaritashvili from the country of Georgia lost control of his sled near the bottom of the swift luge course, crashing at full speed into a metal pole. He was given CPR on the site, lifted into an ambulance and was rushed to a hospital just eight minutes after the crash.

Gruesome replays of the crash were being shown all over Olympic venues yesterday afternoon, dousing enthusiasm for the torch relay and the runup to ceremonies. Kumaritashvili went over the wall, crashed into the post and lay motionless, his body at nearly a right angle off the sled after the crash.

The Whistler Sliding Center has long had the reputation of a super-fast course, with sliders achieving blinding speeds above 90 mph. Lugers are easily ejected from their sleds at such speeds, which is what happened to Kumaritashvili.

"I've never seen anything like that," said Shiva Keshavan, a four-time Olympian from India, according to the Washington Post. "I'm afraid it's bad."

Training was suspended indefinitely and members of the International Luge Federation were called for a briefing.

Kumaritashvili was ranked only 44th in the world but, judging by other training crashes the past two days, expertise was not the problem.

There had been several other crashes on the luge course. A Romanian woman, Violeta Stramaturaru was knocked briefly unconscious on Thursday and taken to a hospital after slamming into a wall several times.

Several sliders, including four American lugers reported terrible troubles finishing the course, while the gold medal favorite, Armin Zoeggler of Italy, also crashed on his training run, coming off his sled and holding it with his left arm to keep it from hitting his body. He walked away from the crash on Blackcomb Mountain’s southeast side. The cours has 16 turns and drops steeply for 152 meters — the world’s longest drop.



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Holy shit! Zero chance of survival when you see how fast he was moving and how fast he stopped when he hit the pole! Basically the equivalent of us sliding into the metal guard rail support.
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Holy shit! Zero chance of survival when you see how fast he was moving and how fast he stopped when he hit the pole! Basically the equivalent of us sliding into the metal guard rail support.
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=0ba_1266003820
I slid into one of those guard rail supports and this is one of the things that happened at 60mph. Not to mention the broken femur and pelvis along with a few ribs, collapsed lung and died on the way to the hospital in the helicopter.
I hate seeing this stuff happen. May he RIP.
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So who was the brainac who installed metal poles/girders 3 feet from the track near the finish line? Maybe there's a good reason, and I'm certainly no bobsledding/luge/skeleton expert by any means, but given the speeds, you'd think that they'd have a lot of space cleared out around that area. You know, as opposed to having what is essentially a metal cage on both sides...
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this is why sportbikes should be banned

also HUGE props to the dude in the pic who didn't waste any time trying to put gloves on before coming in contact with the luger's bodily fluids. the guy put his own life at risk to try and save another.


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