agdobson, thanks for getting this story out so quickly. It will now show up on the home page for four hours. If new developments justify it, I'll renew this flag for another cycle.
Nodar Kumaritashvili: Luger Dies, Killed In Crash at Olympics
"He fell out of the track when he crashed. He was treated on site by medical staff who administered CPR, and was then taken away in an ambulance."
German International Olympic Committee official Thomas Bach later confirmed he had died as a result of his injuries.
Jacques Rogge the head of the IOC, visibly upset, and in tears said at a hastily convened news conference "I have no words to say," tears in his eyes, Rogge could not complete his statement.
At that point John Furlong the head of VANOC stepped in and said "I am so sorry to be in this position reporting this to you. Our thoughts and our prayers are with Nodar's family, the athletes in Georgia....The accident is traffic and will be investigated."
Kumaritashvili died after his sled was involved in a 145kph accident at the Olympic Luge Track.
"The crash occurred near the bottom of the course, which is both fast and challenging. Kumaritashvili hit the track's inside wall, flew in the air up and over the outside wall and struck the girder"
A member of the Georgian Luge Team, Nodar Kumaritashvili was given emergency resuscitation treatment at the Whistler Sliding Center in Canada.
His sled left the Olympic track and smashed into a course side structure, knocking the 21-year-old unconscious.
Training was immediately suspended after the accident, which happened just hours before the opening ceremony of the 21st Winter Games in Vancouver.