IOC commemorates Georgia luger killed in Vancouver

The Georgian luger killed during training before the Vancouver

Olympics has been awarded a top IOC medal that was presented to his


Nodar Kumaritashvili died when he lost control of his sled at

nearly 90 mph, flew off the course and slammed into a steel


Several International Olympic Committee and International Luge

Federation officials attended the ceremony in Kumaritashvili’s

hometown of Bakuriani.

Georgia’s minister for sport and youth affairs, Lado

Vardzelashvili, and the president of Georgia’s Olympic Committee,

Gia Natsvlishvili, also took part in the ceremony at his grave.

Kumaritashvili’s father said Georgian authorities would build a

new luge track in Bakuriani that would be named after the