Nodar Kumaritashvili of Georgia died during a luge training run at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Start of the run
21-year-old luger Nodar Kumaritashvili from the Republic of Georgia had been competing in the sport since 2008. He was killed in an accident near the end of this training run Friday. CAUTION: Some of the photos that follow are graphic in nature.
It was not clear how fast Kumaritashvili was going at the time of the accident, although many have exceeded 90 miles per hour on this course, considered the world's fastest. Several Olympians recently questioned its safety.
Kumaritashvili lost control and was thrown from the track, hitting an unpadded steel pole near the finish line.
Kumaritashvili was immediately attended to at the scene as paramedics gave chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation in an attempt to save his life.
Nodar Kumaritashvili, a 21-year-old Georgian luger, died Feb. 12 at a nearby hospital after an accident during a practice run the day of the opening ceremonies at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. IOC president Jacques Rogge said the death "clearly casts a shadow over these games."