KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — The fourth anniversary of Nodar Kumaritashvili's death was remembered Wednesday with a moment of silence from luge's top officials, along with a pledge to build "a lasting memorial" in his native Georgia.
Kumaritashvili died Feb. 12, 2010, in Whistler, British Columbia, in a horrifying training crash just hours before the start of the opening ceremony of the Vancouver Games. Sliding sports have placed a larger premium on safety ever since, and so far at the Sochi Olympics no major crashes have occurred on the Sanki Sliding Center track.
"I think the athletes, from what I can gather, are pretty happy with the courses," International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams said. "They have all talked pretty positively about the courses. It is always an issue. It always will be in winter sports."
IOC President Thomas Bach joined International Luge Federation officials for a moment of silence at their executive board meeting, not far from the track where the Sochi sliding events are taking place.