Luge competition to resume on Saturday

Sat Feb 13, 2010 2:20am EST
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By Karolos Grohmann

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - The Vancouver Olympics luge competition will resume on Saturday, a day after a Georgian athlete died in a training run, Games organizers said on Friday.

"The FIL (International Luge Federation) will resume men's training Saturday morning with two full training runs prior to the competition taking place as scheduled at 17h00 (0100 GMT)," VANOC said in a statement.

Georgian luge competitor Nodar Kumaritashvili was killed in a crash at the Whistler Sliding Center when he lost control at 90mph and was launched over the rim of the track before slamming into an unpadded pillar.

The 21-year-old died in hospital after medics performed resuscitation at the scene and flew him down the mountain.

His death, the first at a Winter Games since the 1992 Albertville Olympics, came on the day of the Games opening ceremony.

"It appears after a routine run, the athlete came late out of curve 15 and did not compensate properly to make correct entrance into curve 16," VANOC and FIL said in a joint statement.

"This resulted in a late entrance into curve 16 and although the athlete worked to correct the problem he eventually lost control of the sled resulting in the tragic accident."

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<p>Flag bearer Iason Abramashvili of Georgia leads his country's delegation into the stadium during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. The Georgia delegation is wearing black armbands in memory of luger Nodar Kumaritashvili, who died in a crash during a training run. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen</p>