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The single largest event in the first hours of the Games has been the death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili, who died today during a training run at Whistler hours before the opening ceremonies. Kumaritashvili was rounding a steep turn, at speeds reported around 88 mph, when he came off his sled and hit a metal pole. Luge training has been suspended indefinitely.
Romanian luger Racula Stramaturaru is seen in these photos losing control of her sled during a women’s training run at Whistler on Thursday evening. Her sister Violetta Stramaturaru is also seen loing control of her sled during training; American Julia Clukey hits speeds over 140 kph.
In qualifying rounds, Italian Roberto Dellasega finishes as judges and fans look on. Canadian ski jumper Eric Mitchell also participates in the individual qualification rounds on Friday.