Jump to content

Horror at 95mph: Luger killed after smashing into concrete pillar at Vancouver Olympics


Recommended Posts

Horror at 95mph: Luger killed after smashing into concrete pillar at Vancouver Olympics



By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 10:09 PM on 12th February 2010



Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili has died following a crash in training at the Whistler Sliding Centre, according to reports.

Kumaritashvili was airlifted to hospital after crashing near the end of the course. He went over the wall of the track and appeared to hit a concrete pillar near the finish line.

Rescue officials rushed to the scene and performed chest compressions as well as mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.


article-0-0843FDFE000005DC-12_468x286.jpg Tragic: Nodar Muaritashvili loses control and crashes


Kumaritashvili was airlifted to hospital with what were described at the time as life-threatening injuries.


An Olympic official was reported to have confirmed that the luger had died and a statement was expected to follow.

It was unclear how fast 21-year-old Kumaritashvili was going at the time of the crash, although many sliders have reached speed in excess of 90 mph on the track, which is considered to be the fastest in the world.

Luge training was suspended indefinitely after the incident and team captains from each nation were asked to attend a meeting.

Kumaritashvili competed in five World Cup races this season and finished 44th in the world standings.

Earlier Italian gold medal favourite Armin Zoggeler crashed, losing control of his sled also around curve 11.


article-0-08440D98000005DC-939_468x368.jpg Experienced: Nodar Kumaritashvili had competed in five World Cup races this season


Zoggeler came off his sled and slid on his back down several curves before coming to a halt and walking away.

Kumaritashvili's injuries were described by local media reports as being life threatening.

British luger Adam Rosen had been scheduled to compete on the same track on Saturday.

After his first training run, Rosen said of the track: 'It's very fast. It's a very technical track. You have to be very exact on certain parts of the track otherwise they could be disastrous.'


Before Kumaritashvili's crash, British skeleton slider Amy Williams told BBC Sport: 'I just hope Whistler is safe and that there aren't too many crashes and serious injuries.'


British skeleton's performance director, Andi Schmid, said a lack of track time for athletes in the run-up to the Games had increased the risk of accidents.



article-1250643-0843FF92000005DC-268_468x536.jpg Final run: Nodar Kumaritashvili slides through a straightaway


"I would say especially for speed sports you need to have more access to tracks and whoever organises the Olympics needs to offer that,' said Schmid during preparations for the Games.

'Not only so that everyone has a fair chance but also because of the danger. We need to be careful so that these sports stay great action sports and don't become dangerous killer sports.

'I'm not saying that will happen but some athletes from other nations are less experienced.'

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Create New...