Olympic luger from Georgia dies after crash

Nodar Kumaritashvili of Georgia is seen at the start during the first training run of the day for the men's singles luge at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, Friday, Feb. 12, 2010. Kumaritashvili crashed during the second run and was taken to the hospital. (Elise Amendola)

February 12, 2010 6:39:37 PM PST
It took only three seconds. Sliding faster than ever in his life, 21-year-old Nodar Kumaritashvili had one turn left in his final Olympic training run. Flirting with 90 mph on a $100 million track pushing speed to the outer limits, the luger from the republic of Georgia tilted his head slightly forward as his sled climbed the high-banked wall.

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