Georgia luger Nodar Kumaritashvili was seriously injured in a crash just short of the finish line during a training run in Vancouver Friday morning. The 21-year-old lost control of his sled as he came around the final 270 degree turn into the finish line, went over the wall of the track, and collided with a steel pole.
Medical personnel were seen administering chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth before the 44th ranked luger in the world was taken to a local hospital by emergency helicopter.
Kumaritashvili could have been traveling as fast as 90 miles per hour when he collided with the pole. The Vancouver track is considered by many to be the fastest in the world, and Olympians were questioning its safety this week well before the Georgian's nightmarish crash.