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Nodar Kumaritashvili Dies Following Horrific Luge Crash At Olympics Training

The Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony Friday night will be marred by tragedy: Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili has died after a crash during training. He flipped over the track’s wall while traveling at around 90 mph and struck a metal pole on the outside of the track.

Rescue workers attempted CPR but were unable to save Kumaritashvili’s life. He was 21 years-old.

More: SB Nation's full coverage of the Winter Olympics