This really saddens me. I am writing this with tears in my eyes as I can't even imagine the feeling of crashing mid-training and facing your death.
A Georgian luger was killed today in training in Whistler in one of the hardest courses seen and he was thrown into a pillar in a curve. Some other lugers are saying you have a 50/50 chance of passing that curve without crashing (this article written BEFORE the crash), because there was about a dozen other crashes at the same curve, in earlier training runs. None of them were fatal though. He was going up to 150 km/hr in that curve. They say: its a 152-metre drop. Its the longest in the world and equivalent to 48 stories.
Here is a link where you can see some pictures here and here although some may be graphic.
RIP. And I hope they modify the Opening Ceremonies tonight to do something in his honor. He was only 21. Imagine going to your first Olympics, and never coming back... Its really sad.
Here are a few pictures. Source: Toronto Sun & Vancouver Sun
Sad Sad Day. Our thoughts are with him.
Here is the latest article.