Georgian Luger Killed in Training

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The training mishap that killed an Olympic luger Friday was reportedly his second crash in as many days at the dangerously-fast Whistler sliding centre. Amid mounting safety concerns over the speed lugers have been reaching on the track — there have been more than a dozen crashes during training this week — Nodar Kumaritashvili, a 21-year-old from Georgia, died after flipping off his sled and into a metal pole. He was approaching a final 270-degree turn, and going at speeds estimated to be 140 kilometres per hour, when he lost control. Emergency crews were performing CPR on the athlete, a native of Borjomi, Georgia. Kumaritashvili competed in five World Cup races this season, finishing 44th in the overall standings. He reportedly crashed while training earlier this week, walking away rattled but not seriously hurt. His deadly crash was the second nasty incident Friday. The first occurred when defending Olympic champion Armin Zoeggeler of Italy lost control.
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