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Reports: Georgian luger killed in training crash

The Toronto Sun is reporting that Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili has died from injuries suffered during a crash in training. The 21-year-old lost control of his sled near the finish.

UPDATE (3:36 p.m.): The Associated Press has confirmed that Kumaritashvili has died, citing an Olympic official with direct knowledge of the crash.

UPDATE (4:07 p.m.): The IOC has confirm Kumaritashvili's death. IOC President Jacques Rogge says the death "clearly casts a shadow over these games."

By Matthew Rennie  |  February 12, 2010; 3:07 PM ET
Categories:  Luge , Vancouver 2010  
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Who cares about some guy from Georgia? I can see this running in the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, but why is it news in the Washington Post?

Posted by: FridayKnight | February 12, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

FridayKnight, the athlete is from the COUNTRY of Georgia, not the state.

Posted by: redskins5926 | February 12, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

There's also a country Georgia- which is where the man is from.

Posted by: novahokie2004 | February 12, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Dear FridayKnight,

Wrong Georgia, but thanks for playing. kthnxbye

Posted by: poopie1 | February 12, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

@FridayKnight Wow...that was either the lamest trolling attempt ever or a monumental display of ignorance. Fail.

Posted by: surly4130 | February 12, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Why does it matter whether the man was from the state of Georgia or the country of Georgia? He was an athlete who had come thousands of miles to participate in the Olympics, and he died before he even had a chance. That isn't enough reason for the Post to cover the story? What's wrong with you people?

Posted by: jaded3 | February 12, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

The lights may be have been a little too bright for FridayKnight. This is your brain on whatever he's on...

Posted by: avpcomp2 | February 12, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

FridayKnight - I care about any athlete (whether s/he be from DC, Atlanta, America or anywhere in the world) who dies while practicing or competing, and especially if that person is preparing to compete in the Olympics. The fact that you don't puts you, I hope, in the minority. Let me guess - you're also anti-health care reform, too, right?

Posted by: borntorun45 | February 12, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Regardless, it is funny as hell.

Posted by: FridayKnight | February 12, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Okay, a 21-year-old Olympic athlete was just killed, the president of the Olympic Committee speaks to the press in tears, and "it's funny as hell" to FridayNight? I guess the World Trade Center attack must have been a laugh riot given that sense of humor.

Please go away and stop posting. You stupidly thought the guy was from the American South, and somehow that would make it "funny" that he died an athlete's death while competing in the Winter Olympics. Then you learned there's a country called Georgia (breakthrough for you!) and his death is still "funny." Just go away.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | February 12, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Go away yourself, fairfaxvoter. In fact, get over yourself. Your act is tired.

Posted by: FridayKnight | February 12, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

How silly is this? Killing yourself in practice? We're talking about practice! Practice! Sheesh. I mean listen, we're sitting here talking about practice, not the race, not the race, not the race, but we're talking about practice. We're talking about practice, man. How silly is that? We're talking about practice, man. We're talking about practice. We're talking about practice. We're not talking about the race. We're talking about practice. It's strange to me but we're talking about practice, man, we're not even talking about the race, when it actually matters, we're talking about practice. How silly is this?

Posted by: FridayKnight | February 12, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

You're an ass, and there's nothing silly about that.

Posted by: scooterndc | February 12, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

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