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Luger dies after serious crash

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  February 12, 2010 02:36 PM

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UPDATE, 3:16 p.m.: Multiple reports are now out that Nodar Kumaritashvili has died from injuries sustained in the crash. The Associated Press, Toronto Sun and CBC in Canada are all reporting that the luge racer has passed away.

Kumaritashvili was traveling approximately 90 mph when the crash occurred. The Associated Press is reporting that luge team captains will meet to discuss the safety of the luge track, which has been called the fastest in the world.
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A Georgian luger was thrown from the track this afternoon during a frightening crash in a practice run in Whistler.

Nodar Kumaritashvili, 21, lost control at turn 16 and was catapulted from his sled off the side of the track during his second run of the day during men's singles training. Turn 16 is considered one of the faster parts of the track.

He was treated onsite by medical personnel, who administered CPR, then was rushed away in an ambulance. There have been no further reports on his condition.

Kumaritashvili previously crashed Wednesday during his second run in men's singles training.

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