Eight People in History Have Died in Bobsleigh Related Crashes
Linkedin

Eight People in History Have Died in Bobsleigh Related Crashes

Vancouver : Canada | Feb 12, 2010 at 2:42 PM PST
XX XX
Views: Pending
 
An Athlete Dies At The Vancouver Games[2-12-10] Nodar Kumaritashvili

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.

1 of 1
The Dangers of Bobsleigh Competitioon
Nodar Kumaritashvili, 21, republic of Georgia, preparing for his first training run Friday, became the third Winter Olympics athlete to die in training. None has died in competition.
ScoopDave is based in Coleman, Wisconsin, United States of America, and is a Stringer for Allvoices.
Report Credibility
 
  • Clear
  • Share:
  • Share
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear
 
 
 
Advertisement
 

News Stories

 
  • Olympic luger in horrific crash

    Georgian Nodar Kumaritashvili was given emergency resuscitation treatment at the Whistler Sliding Centre in Canada. His sled left the Olympic track and smashed into a course side structure, knocking the 21-year-old unconscious. Training was...
  • Luger injured in Olympics crash

    Georgian Nodar Kumaritashvili was given emergency resuscitation treatment at the Whistler Sliding Centre in Canada. His sled left the Olympic track and smashed into a course side structure, knocking the 21-year-old unconscious. Training was...
  • Olympics - Georgian luge competitor dies after training crash

      Chicago Tribune
    Georgian luge competitor Nodar Kumaritashvili died on Friday after a training crash at the Vancouver Winter Olympics, Georgian Olympic delegation head Irakly Japaridze said. The 21-year-old was thrown off the sled as it bounced over the rim of the...
  • Luge crash death overshadows start of Vancouver Games

      The National Newspaper
    Nodar Kumaritashvili pictured at the start of the first training run of the day for the men's singles luge yesterday...Nodar Kumaritashvili, a 21-year-old Georgian luger, died after a horrifying crash in training yesterday, casting a pall over the...
  • Olympic Luger Dies After Major Crash

    Nodar Kumaritashvili, 21, was training at the Whistler Sliding Centre in Whistler, B.C., when his sled veered off the Olympic track and crashed into a steel pole at 90 mph, Reuters reports. An Olympic official confirmed his death to the BBC. "...
  • Athlete dies at Winter Olympic training

      Newstalk ZB
    Rescue officials rushed to the scene where it is understood chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation were carried out. Kumaritashvili is the third athlete to die in training in Winter Olympic history. No athletes have died during...

Blogs

 >

Images

 >
 

Videos

 >
 

More From Allvoices

Report Your News Got a similar story?
Add it to the network!

Or add related content to this report



Use of this site is governed by our Terms of Use Agreement and Privacy Policy.

© Allvoices, Inc. 2008-2014. All rights reserved. Powered by PulsePoint.