Below is the Nodar Kumaritashvili Luge Crash Video which is hot off the press and is being removed within seconds of having been uploaded on YouTube. The video posted below is hosted by LiveLeak so it may be available for a bit longer but I wouldn’t put off watching cause it could disappear soon as well. It’s very sad!
Winter Olympic Games officially start off today in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and we already have a one death. 21 year old luger Nodar Kumaritashvili from Georgia died as he was clocking at 144.3 km/h down the slide at the Whistler Sliding Centre and hit one side of the wall. This was Nodar Kumaritashvili’s training run and he was almost done with the track, just had one final 270-degree spin to do before hitting the finish line but he never made it. As he was flying down at an incredibly fast speed, he lost control of his sled, got bounced off one wall, hit the opposite side and got hurled off the track and stopped by an unpadded metal pole that shuttered his spine.
Nodar Kumaritashvili was immediately attended to by on site medical staff and air lifted to the Whistler hospital but all efforts to revive him failed. Given the speed and the powerful crash as seen in the video below, I’m guessing he died on impact. Afterall, going through 144.3 km/h to full stop in a fraction of a second has got to kill you instantly. Truly a horrific tragedy and the Olympic Games have not yet officially started.
This luge race was not a spectators event, just a training routine so there was nobody in the audience. However other athletes as well as media representatives were on site so the crash is documented with photos and on video. The Olympic Games committee put a hold on the track which will not be used until further notice. Nodar Kumaritashvili is the fourth competitor to have died at the Winter Olympics since 1992.
The Whistler track is known as one of the toughest and the fastest in the world and some speculate that qualification requirements should have been stricter. Nodar Kumaritashvili was ranked as 44th best man’s luger in the world, but the Whistler track may have been more demanding, needing someone with more experience. According to Reuters, Georgia may pull out of the Olympic Games entirely. I wouldn’t be surprised if that happened. Nodar Kumaritashvili was one of them. They got here together, but won’t be leaving together. How can you compete in highly demanding sports if you are devastated over the loss of your friend?
The Nodar Kumaritashvili Luge Crash Video is below and gallery of pictures of his death is below the video. So sad. Too young to die, but at least he died doing what he loved. He turned 21 last November 🙁
Gallery of a few photos: