8 Feb 2011

Concerns raised a year before Vancouver Olympics luge death

1:04 pm on 8 February 2011

Canadian media have reported that the International Luge Federation raised concerns about high track speeds nearly a year before a Georgian athlete was killed on the eve of last year's Winter Olympics.

Nodar Kumaritashvili was killed during a practice run just before the start of the Vancouver Games when he lost control of his luge.

Media are reporting that the head of the Vancouver Organizing Committee, John Furlong, was aware of a letter from the Federation to the track's designer about higher than expected track speeds and asked lawyers to look into the issue.

Several safety changes were made to the 2010 facility immediately after the accident, but both VANOC and international luge racing officials said that Kumaritashvili's death could not have been foreseen.