Hours before the Winter Olympics were set to open in Vancouver, a Georgian luge competitor died after a horrific accident during training on Friday.
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.
“Georgian slider Nodar Kumaritashvili has had a serious crash in the final run of official training for the men’s singles on Friday,” an official statement says. “He fell out of the track when he crashed. He was treated on site by medical staff who administered CPR, and was then taken away in an ambulance.”
After the accident, training was immediately suspended. Before Friday’s crash, athletes had raised concerns about just how safe the Whistler track is. Already several athletes, including Romania’s Violeta Stramaturaru, who was knocked unconscious, have been involved in crashes on the course, which is used for luge, skeleton and bobsleigh.
Kumaritashvili has competed in five World Cup races this season already, and was ranked 44th in the world standings.
Nodar Kumaritashvili was born on November 25th, 1988 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nodar_Kumaritashvili
November 25th, 1988
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11 + 25 +2+0+0+9 = 47 = his personal year (from November 25th, 2009 to November 24th, 2010) = The future. Famous. Name + fame. Notoriety. Name recogniton. (Inter)nationally known. High profile. VIP. Well-known. Household name.
47 year + 1 (January) = 48 = his personal month (from January 25th, 2010 to February 24th, 2010) = Purpose. Meaning. Mission. Direction. Destination. Guidance. Goals. Aims. Worthwhile. Tour. Traveller. Tourist. Visitor. Road trip. On the road. Trucks. Convoy. Caravan. Rock ‘n roll. Rock concert. Tribute. Navigate. Steer. Wandering. Sky. Heaven.
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D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
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