One of the saddest stories in Winter Games history took place today as Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili died during a practice run. Kumaritashvili lost control and flipped around the track until he hit a steel beam which may have broken his neck or back. Here’s the Nodar Kumaritashvili crash video:
The Whistler track has been under scrutiny the entire Olympics because it has been called the fastest and most dangerous in the world. Kumaritashvili actually crashed in a prior practice run during which his average speed was 88mph and he was only one of several lugers to crash in practice. Though the Olympics are the home of the best athletes in the world, the IOC will likely be forced to adjust the track after the events that have transpired. Knowing that they reach speeds of 90mph going through the course — with no protection — it’s no surprise that Kumaritashvili wound up dying from his injuries. The luge is no joke and the participants risk their lives every time they take a run. This is a terrible way to kick off the games and some awful news.