Vancouver Winter Olympics Closing: Rogge remembers Kumaritashvili

As the 2010 Winter Olympics close on Sunday, International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge remembers Nodar Kumaritashvili-the Georgian luger who died only a few hours... More Below... Posted by on Mar 1st, 2010 and filed under 2010 Olympics.

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As the 2010 Winter Olympics close on Sunday, International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge remembers Nodar Kumaritashvili-the Georgian luger who died only a few hours before the opening ceremony on February 12. Kumaritashvili lost control of his sled and hit a steel pole during a training run.

Kumaritashvili’s death, says Rogge, affected him so strongly, he wasn’t able to sleep for two nights.

Rogge, himself a practicing physician, said, “In my profession, you are used to seeing people pass away, but for acceptable reasons, because of disease, because of age. And when you see a young athlete pursuing his dream of participating in the Olympic Games and end up in such an accident, it hurts.”

The death of Kumaritashvili has been declared by the international luge federation as a result of human error, the luge track has been changed and the competitors began their races from a lower starting spot, as additional safety measures. Sochi, Russia, the host of the next Winter Games, already said their track wouldn’t be as fast as the one Kumaritashvili died in.

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