Exclusive Olympic Images, Day 1

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.

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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.



See the Olympic Games day by day

Day 16: Canada vs. USA (Men’s gold)
Day 14: Canada vs. USA (Women’s)
Day 11: Sweden vs. Finland (Men’s)
Day 10: Canada vs. USA (Men’s—preliminaries)
Day 7: Canada vs. Switzerland, plus Norway vs. USA (men’s)


Day 15: Men’s and women’s shorttrack, feat. Charles Hamelin
Day 13: Women’s 5,000m longtrack, feat. Clara Hughes
Day 9: Men’s 1,000m, feat. Apolo Ohno; women’s 1500m, feat. Yang Zhou
Day 5: Women’s 500m


Day 6: Men’s halfpipe, feat. Shaun White
Day 2: Women’s moguls, feat. Jennifer Heil
Day 1: Luge and ski jump


Day 12: Women’s short program, feat. Joannie Rochette
Day 8: Pairs ice dance, feat. Vanessa Crone and Paul Poirier
Day 4: Pairs, feat. Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo
Day 3: Practice at the new Trout Lake rink, feat. Daisuke Takahashi