Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010

Georgian luger dies in horrific crash – update


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.