Friday, February 12, 2010

Nodar Kumaritashvili was clocked at 144.3 km/h heading into the final 270-degree turn of his training run when he hit one side of the wall, crashed into the other, and was hurled off the track and into a metal support pole.

The crash occurred at 10:46am on the outrun of a turn named Thunderbird near the end of the track.

Track medical staff immediately rushed to the scene and administered CPR before rushing Kumaritashvili to the local hospital. Training was delayed after the accident, and race officials say there will be a hold on the track until further notice

Kumaritashvili's crash was one of several on the day.

Earlier Friday, reigning Olympic luge gold medallist Armin Zöggeler of Italy managed to walk away after crashing in his first run, but came back to complete a clean second run.

There have been more than a dozen crashes during Olympic training this week.

The Whistler track is the fastest, and considered the most dangerous luge course, in the world.

Olympic Luge Slider Dies in Horrific Crash
Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili was killed during a practice run at the winter Olympics in Canada.
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