Luge Crash Olympic Death Photos – Olympic luge contender Nodar Kumaritashvili was killed in a horrific crash on the Whistler sliding track just hours before the opening ceremony.
His death stunned Olympic officials who said that Kumaritashvili lost control of his luge sled at 90 mph, bouncing off both walls of the final and most dangerous turn on the course – an extremely sharp 270 degree turn – before flying over the edge and hitting an unpadded metal pole head first.
The Whistler slider track is the fastest and most dangerous in the world with speeds that even the athletes are complaining about.
Kumaritashvili came off his sled after bouncing off both walls in the final turn right before the enclosed finish line.
His high rate of speed carried him up and over the icy track wall.
The last turn is a super sharp 270 degrees and comes when the lugers are at top speed with very little room for even the tiniest mistake.
The 21-year old Olympian was unlucky and flew backward, hitting head first into a metal support pole just after the spot where the track walls become lower in height as the finish line is just ahead.
Paramedics rushed to administer CPR and stop the bleeding. 21-year-old Nodar Kumaritashvili was then placed on a stretcher with blood literally pouring from his head and taken away in an ambulance.
He suffered a skull fracture so severe that there was little they could do. Kumaritashvili was coached by his father, Feliqs, who witnessed his son’s death.
A helmet can’t save you from a headfirst impact with a metal pole at 80 mph.
Moments before the crash American luger Bengt Walden, who had just crashed in his practice run, said that FIL officials had already expressed concerns about the speed of the track.
“I don’t think they’re going to build more faster tracks than this,” he said when asked if this one was at the outer limit of how fast a track can be.
“The FIL was almost unhappy with how fast the track turned out to be but we’ll see.”
A few moments later Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili crashed and died in his final training run.
“Mr. Kumaritashvili died after crashing on he last corner of the course during training. Doctors were unable to revive the athlete who died in hospital.
“Our first thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of the athlete. The whole Olympic Family is struck by this tragedy which clearly casts a shadow over these Games,” said IOC president Jacques Rogge.
“We are deeply struck by this tragedy and join the IOC in extending our condolences to the family, friends and teammates of this athlete, who came to Vancouver to follow his Olympic dream,” said John Furlong, CEO of the Vanoc.
The International Luge Federation’s Fendt said: “This is a terrible accident. This is the very gravest thing that can happen in sport and our thoughts and those of the luge family are naturally with those touched by this event.”
And those are all the sad Luge Crash Olympic Death Photos.