Luger buried amid new controversy

By QMI Agency

The funeral was held Saturday for Nodar Kumaritashvili, the Georgian luger killed on the eve of the Olympics while training at the controversially fast Whistler Sliding Centre.

Agence France-Presse reports that some 2,000 people attended the funeral in Bakuriani, a ski resort in Georgia. He was killed in a gruesome crash while training last Friday — hours before the opening ceremony — at the Whistler track. The death prompted major changes to the Olympic competition.

Georgian officials have said they haven't ruled out taking further action in the wake of the 21-year-old's death, though they haven't offered specifics about what they may do.

It was reported by The New York Times that Werner Hoeger warned officials at Whistler about the dangerous of the track several months before Kumaritashvili's crash. Hoeger, a Venezuelan luger who competed in the Turin and Salt Lake Olympics, lost consciousness and suffered a concussion in a training run in Whistler on Nov. 13, the Times reported.


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