Ovi mourns Georgian athlete who got killed.
The athlete, Nodar Kumaritashvili of the Republic of Georgia, lost control of his sled near the end of his training run while traveling nearly 90 miles an hour — about as fast as any luger had ever gone before the Whistler Sliding Centre track was completed in 2007.
The sled, with Kumaritashvili riding atop on his back, feet first, bounced off a side wall and threw Kumaritashvili over the short ice-covered concrete wall on the left. He slammed into vertical supports that hold a canopy and lights over the course. Medics arrived immediately, and Kumaritashvili was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Kumaritashvili, from Borjomi, Georgia, was 21.
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