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IOC confirms Olympic luger dies after crash

Nodar Kumaritashvili Nodar Kumaritashvili

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has confirmed that a men's Olympic luger from the country of Georgia has died after a crash during training. 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 Friday, went over the track wall and struck an unpadded steel pole near the finish line at Whistler Sliding Center.

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