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Nodar Kumaritashvili

IOC confirms Olympic luger dies after crash

VANCOUVER, British Columbia ( AP) — A men's Olympic luger from the country of Georgia died Friday after a high-speed crash during training. IOC president Jacques Rogge said the death hours before the opening ceremony "clearly casts a shadow over these games." Nodar Kumaritashvili lost control of his sled, went over the track wall and struck an unpadded steel pole near the finish line at Whistler Sliding Center. Doctors were unable to revive the 21-year-old luger, who died at a hospital, the International Olympic Committee said. Rescue workers were at his side within seconds, chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation started less than one minute after the...

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