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Luger Who Died Told Father He Was Scared Of Track

Late Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili reportedly told his father, who was himself a Soviet-era luger, that the track at Whistler frightened him during his training runs. From the Wall Street Journal:

[Nodar] called me before the Olympics, three days ago, and he said, 'Dad, I'm scared of one of the turns. I said, Put your legs down on the ice to slow down, but he said if he started the course he would finish it. … He was brave.

Nodar Kumaritashvili was ranked 44th in the world at the time of his death. He was 21 years-old.

(H/T Sporting News)