Service held for Georgian luger killed in crash

A private service has been held for the Georgian Olympic athlete

killed in a luge crash before his body is returned to his


Several Georgian athletes and team officials, as well as

international and Vancouver organizers, attended the brief service

Monday for Nodar Kumaritashvili at a Vancouver funeral home. The

brown casket was placed in a gray hearse and was driven away with a

police escort of 14 motorcycles.

Later in the day, the body was to be taken on a flight to

Germany and then flown to Georgia on Wednesday for burial in his

hometown of Bukuriani.

The 21-year-old luger died in a crash during training Friday

hours before the opening ceremony.