Late Georgian luger gets remembered in Sochi

TIM REYNOLDS
Last updated 02:52 13/02/2014
Nodar Kumaritashvili memorial
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IN MEMORY: A postcard flanked by candles reads 'in memory of Nodar Kumaritashvili - may he rest in peace 1988-2010' at the Whistler medal plaza at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

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The fourth anniversary of Nodar Kumaritashvili's death was remembered Wednesday (local time) with a moment of silence from luge's top officials, along with a pledge to build "a lasting memorial" in his native Georgia.

Kumaritashvili died February 12, 2010, in Whistler, British Columbia, in a horrifying training crash just hours before the start of the opening ceremony of the Vancouver Games. Sliding sports have placed a larger premium on safety ever since, and so far at the Sochi Olympics no major crashes have occurred on the Sanki Sliding Center track.

"I think the athletes, from what I can gather, are pretty happy with the courses," International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams said. "They have all talked pretty positively about the courses. It is always an issue. It always will be in winter sports."

IOC President Thomas Bach joined International Luge Federation officials for a moment of silence at their executive board meeting, not far from the track where the Sochi sliding events are taking place.

International Luge Federation officials have remained in regular contact with Kumaritashvili's family since his death. The luger's father, David Kumaritashvili, remains a top Georgian luge federation official, though athletes from that country have been largely absent from all international events since.

"We continue to mark that as one thing that, clearly, will remain with all of us who were there and obviously with the family," Adams said. "That's an ongoing thing. It doesn't finish today or indeed in four years' time because we will continue to work with the family to come up with a really good lasting tribute to his memory."

In addition to the private, quiet remembrances of the anniversary, Adams said flowers were being laid at the Whistler track on Wednesday in Kumaritashvili's memory.

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