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‘All Canadians were deeply saddened’


A statement from the Prime Minister on the passing of Nodar Kumaritashvili.

“All Canadians were deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Georgian Olympic team member Nodar Kumaritashvili following a luge training accident in Whistler today.  His competitive spirit and dedication to sports excellence will be remembered and honoured during the Games.

“On behalf of all Canadians, Laureen and I send our deepest sympathies to Mr. Kumaritashvili’s family and friends and the entire Georgian Winter Olympic team.”


‘All Canadians were deeply saddened’

  1. Apologies for the double post:

    This is a terrible tragedy for the athlete, his teammates and others competing in the games. The track was controversial BEFORE this event, however, (the Calgary Herald had a piece that very morning … and there were nasty crashes by even more experienced sliders during training this week). So some questions should be raised at the quick decision to open it after the crash.

    It may not have pleased VANOC or the sponsors, but they should have closed the track out of respect. They could then have flown the competitors, teams, coaches and families to Calgary and run the sliding events from there later this week. Most of them are familiar with the track. It would have been the classy and safe thing to do.

    Unfortunately, CTV is busy broadcasting HD repeats of the slider's death and TSN and CTV commentators immediately started blaming the slider (too inexperienced) for what was clearly a serious design flaw in the track. The US/European press has picked up on this "blame the victim" narrative and it's not reflecting well on us. When bad things happen, you see people at their best and at their worst. Sadly, we're not at our best right now.

    • I am happy to see that i am not the only one who thinks this reflects bad on us as Canadiens. What happen was not the fault of the athlete but ours. We invited these people here for a competition and did make sure that the sports were safe for all. This should have never happen an accident it was but at the hands of the people who are suppose to make the tracks safe. I hope that something is done about this and does not get pushed aside.

  2. I dont know who would want to luge. Its horrifically dangerous.

  3. strap those old codgers from the ioc to a luge and send THEM down the track. I am boycotting these olympics on the grounds of sheer idiocy in this totaly avoidable murder.Yes ,murder..the negligence here with exposed steel beams just screams blue premeditated murder.How the STUPID IGNORANT THOUGHTLESS EMPTY SKULLED designers could have overlooked this possibility is beyond comprehension.I hope the family sues for a cagillion dollars and wins.