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Posted on: Saturday, February 20, 2010

Winter Olympics: Georgians mourn Olympic luger who died in practice


By MISHA DZHINDZHIKHASHVILI
Associated Press Writer

BAKURIANI, Georgia Hundreds of people are gathering in Bakuriani, Georgia, to pay final respects to a luger killed during a practice run at the Vancouver Olympics.

Twenty-one-year old Nodar Kumaritashvili is to be buried Saturday in the cemetery of a tiny church in the snowy village.
Kumaritashvili died last week after slamming into a steel pole on the luge course hours before the opening of the games. An investigation found that he was late in coming out of the next-to-last turn and failed to compensate.
Friends and family gathered for a traditional funeral feast Saturday again rejected the results of the investigation, blaming the design of the course for his death.