http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2010/02/12/olympic-luger-seriously-injured-training/FoxNews.com said:A men's Olympic luger from the country of Georgia died Friday after a high-speed crash on a track that is the world's fastest and has raised safety concerns among competitors. IOC president Jacques Rogge said the death hours before the opening ceremony "clearly casts a shadow over these games."
Nodar Kumaritashvili lost control of his sled during training, went over the track wall and struck an unpadded steel pole near the finish line at Whistler Sliding Center. Doctors were unable to revive the 21-year-old luger, who died at a hospital, the International Olympic Committee said.
Wow, this is so sad. The pictures are just horrific to see. Hopefully the Olympics will erect additional barriers and put padding around those steel poles.