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Georgia president mourns luger

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili Saturday dismissed speculation that luger Nodar Kumaritashvili, the 21-year-old who was killed in an accident Friday, was too inexperienced to race on the Whistler track.

"One thing I know for sure is that no sports mistake is supposed to lead to a death," Saakashvili said in a news conference at the Main Press Center in Vancouver. "No sports mistake is supposed to be fatal."

Saakashvili said Georgian officials are considering building a luge track in Kumaritashvili's hometown of Bakuriani and naming it after him "because he had to train for all these years in different European countries for lack of adequate facilities [in Georgia]."

According to Saakashvili, Kumaritashvili's father and uncle were lugers. His father's cousin, Felix Kumaritashvili, was Nodar Kumaritashvili's coach.

Saakashvili applauded the decision by the Georgian delegation -- three skaters and one luger -- to remain in Vancouver.

"It was the very right one because the Olympic movement is all about perseverance. It's about unbroken spirit. It's about future and strength."

By Tracee Hamilton  |  February 13, 2010; 7:32 PM ET
Categories:  Luge , Vancouver 2010  
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Why mourn a chump?

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