Georgian Olympic Luger Killed In Practice Accident

Nodar Kumaritashvili, an Olympic luge competitor from the nation of Georgia, died today after sustaining injuries from a horrific crash during a practice run in Whistler, British Columbia.

Georgia Olympic luge rider Nodar Kumaritashvili


Kumaritashvili was going close to 150 km/h, near the end of the course, when he launched off the track. Witnesses say his body hit a metal pole. Medical personnel performed CPR through a plastic tube and almost immediately an ambulance rushed Kumaritashvili from Whistler Olympic Park to the local hospital.

Pictures & a link to video of Nodar’s crash, if you feel comfortable enough to view them, are after the jump.

Georgia Olympic luger Nodar Kumaritashvili crash

Georgia Olympic luger Nodar Kumaritashvili crash

Video of the accident can be seen here, with the crash occurring at around 19 seconds in.

The Olympic luge track in Whistler has been closed, and all further training runs have been canceled.