In a training run earlier today Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili had a fatal accident during his run at Whistler's Sliding Centre. He flew off the track and hit a metal post at speeds of 150 km/h. From media reports, we understand that he was treated by medical staff at the venue and they were unable to revive him.
This is a sombre way to start the Games. It puts the battle for supremacy into context. No medal is worth a life. We are so sad to hear of Nodar's passing.
Our sincere condolences and prayers go out to his family, friends and teammates.