The Whistler Sliding Centre, (about 120 miles north of Vancouver) which has recorded some of the fastest speeds in luge, has experienced several accidents occurring during training runs leading up to the start of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
During a training session on February 12, the Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili, 21, died of injuries caused by a crash in the final turn of the course at speeds of 140 kilometres per hour (87 mph), crashing into the side of the turn, sending him crashing into a concrete support pillar.
His injuries required medical personnel to perform chest compressions. He died of his injuries in a Whistler hospital.
The International Luge Federation immediately called an emergency meeting after the incident, and all other training runs were called off for the day. The Georgian team announced that it might not participate in the opening ceremonies and even withdraw from the Olympics because of this incident.
According to Wikipedia, there have been seven other bobsleigh related fatalities in history. The last one being James Morgan, an American bobsled driver who crashed during the 1981 FIBT World Championships at Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy.