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Skeleton rider dies when training for Vancouver ’10 Olympics

Posted on: February 24, 2010

Georgian athletes during the opening cermony

Nodar Kumaritashvili was getting ready to compete in the Vancouver ’10 Winter Olympics. He traveled to the site almost one week before competition to get used to the design and conditions of the track, but something terrible happened to him when he was training in the extremely fast track of Whistler. He was going at a speed of 90 miles per hour at the moment of the crash. He lost control of the sled in one of the most dangerous turns and was propelled towards the side of the track, where he collided with one of the pillars that holds the structure. A head collision at that speed made him die in the moment, and nothing could doctors do about it. Some Athletes had already complained about the dangers of this track, since the level of inclination is very big and riders can get to speeds of over 95 mph. Fortunately, nothing else has happened during the course of the competition.

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