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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, February 14, 2010

Winter Olympics: Father of killed Georgian luger: I won’t see video

Associated Press

TBILISI, Georgia — The father of a Georgian Olympic luger who died in a training run crash says he won’t watch the footage of his son’s horrible death.

Nodar Kumaritashvili died after he slammed into an unpadded steel pole while traveling nearly 90 mph during Friday’s practice run. Kumaritashvili’s father, David, said in comments televised Sunday that he can’t and won’t see the video footage of his son’s last minutes.
The father said that the organizers shouldn’t have permitted the use of the lightning-fast course.
The athlete’s death has cast a shadow over the Winter Games in Vancouver and left the ex-Soviet nation in grief. Kumaritashvili is expected to be buried at his home town Bakuriani, a top ski resort.
Officials said his body will be flown home in the next couple of days.