Georgian Olympic luger Nodar Kumaritashvili has died following a violent crash Friday during a training run at the Vancouver Olympics.
Kumaritashvili, 21, slipped out of the track at Whistler Sliding Center and crashed into a metal pole while going at a very high rate of speed. Officials are investigating the cause of the crash, which was one of several to occur over the last two days.
On Thursday night Australian luger Hannah Campbell-Pegg nearly lost control of her sled. Afterward she told reporters:
“I think they are pushing it a little too much. To what extent are we just little lemmings that they just throw down a track and we’re crash-test dummies? I mean, this is our lives.”