The Georgian National Olympic Committee has commemorated the tragic death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili, who lost control at high speed and crashed into a steel pole at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Nodar was very talented. He was striving to fulfill his goals. He would have had very high chances of success if not for the tragedy,” the Georgian National Olympic Committee wrote.
Kumaritashvili, 21, was on his final official training when the fatal event took place.
He was travelling at 143.3 km per hour when he crashed. After the accident Kumaritashvili was transferred to a hospital where he later died.
Officials have placed a premium on safety in the sport since his death.
- Read the article Nodar Kumaritashvili, Georgian luger that changed this sport forever
See a photo essay describing Kumaritashvili’s family and hometown four years after his death "In Pictures”.