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Nodar Kumaritashvili dies in luge crash

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A competitor has died after injuries sustained in a shocking crash near the base of the Luge course. Nodar Kumaritashvili, of Georgia, was on the track for a training run when his sled slammed into the inside of a final curve and he went airbourne over the ice and concrete wall. NBColympics reports that the luge track is one of the fastest in the world and has drawn criticism from athletes for how dangerous it is:

Training days in Whistler have been crash-filled. A Romanian woman was briefly knocked unconscious and at least four Americans -- Chris Mazdzer on Wednesday, Megan Sweeney on Thursday and both Tony Benshoof and Bengt Walden on Friday in the same training session where Zoeggeler wrecked -- have had serious trouble just getting down the track.

Related: Remembering Nodar Kumaritashvili.