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Olympic athlete from country of Georgia dies in luge crash

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia  - An Olympic luger from the country of Georgia has died after a crash during training -- just hours before the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

The International Olympic Committee says doctors were unable to revive Nodar Kumaritashvili and the 21-year-old died at a hospital.

IOC president Jacques Rogge says the death "clearly casts a shadow over these games."

Kumaritashvili lost control of his sled, went over the track wall and struck an unpadded steel pole near the finish line at Whistler Sliding Center.

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