Georgian luger dies in horrific crash – update

February 12, 2010

OLYMPICS-LUGE/Georgian luge competitor Nodar Kumaritashvili has been killed after a horrifying crash in training for the Winter Olympics.

The 21-year-old’s sled left the track at the Whistler Sliding Centre at around 90mph, according to observers, and smashed into a course side structure.

Medics rushed to the scene to give him treatment and training was immediately suspended.

“Unfortunately he died,” Georgian Olympic delegation head Irakly Japaridze told Reuters.

More as we have it.

PHOTO: People console each other after a crash by Nodar Kumaritashvili of Georgia during luge training ahead of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

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