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The head of the Vancouver Olympics organizing committee warned that an athlete could get "badly injured or worse" almost a full year before Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili was killed during a practice run at the 2010 Winter Games.

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Business lessons from a high-speed sledgerupdated: Tue Mar 02 2010 14:50:00

Ruben Gonzalez, 47, made history in Vancouver by becoming the first person to compete in four Winter Olympics in four different decades.

SI.com: Jim Kelley: NHL's replay credibility problem, more notesupdated: Tue Feb 23 2010 12:48:00

I don't have room to get into individual letters here, but a surprising number of you wrote regarding my column on the Capitals being jobbed in a controversial "no-goal" ruling at Montreal in which the Canadiens ended Washington's 14-game win streak.

SI.com: Michael McCann: Civil action a possibility in Olympic luger's deathupdated: Mon Feb 22 2010 17:26:00

Will the death of 21-year-old Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili during a training run for the XXI Olympic Winter Games lead to a civil action?

Olympic spirit fails a testupdated: Sun Feb 21 2010 09:29:00

It would have been one of the most memorable moments in the history of the Olympic Games.

Georgian luger killed at Olympics practice run laid to restupdated: Sat Feb 20 2010 15:51:00

The 21-year-old Georgian luger who propelled to his death after sliding off the track during an Olympic practice run in Vancouver was laid to rest in his hometown Saturday.

Luge dangers exaggeratedupdated: Tue Feb 16 2010 10:24:00

Luge is a dangerous sport in which accidents happen. That was the refrain from athlete after athlete when asked how they felt about the death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili, who was killed when he flew off the Olympic track during training in Whistler on Friday.

SI.com: Richard Deitsch: Daily Olympic briefing, Feb. 15updated: Mon Feb 15 2010 22:44:00

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Finally, we ski. The men's downhill event, where helmeted racers tear down the side of a mountain in search of Alpine immortality, is scheduled to begin at Whistler Creekside today at 1:30 p.m. (The caveat, as always, is weather permitting.) Medals will also be awarded in men's and women's cross country, women's luge, and men's speedskating.

Danger, winter sports evolve neck-and-neck, experts sayupdated: Mon Feb 15 2010 20:23:00

Changes to the Winter Olympics have raised questions about safety, but experts say the games' transformations mark a natural evolution rather than an attempt to make competitions more dangerous and exciting.

Olympic luger dies in practiceupdated: Mon Feb 15 2010 20:23:00

A Georgian luger was killed during Olympic practice. CNN's Mark McKay reports.

SI.com: David Epstein: Luge is safe? One study says it isupdated: Mon Feb 15 2010 19:21:00

Luge is a dangerous sport in which accidents happen. That was the refrain from luger after luger when asked about the death of Georgia's Nodar Kumaritashvili, who was traveling at 88 mph when he flew off the last turn of the Olympic track in Whistler during a training run on Friday and was killed.

People.com: Luger Came to Olympics with 'Hopes and Dreams'updated: Sun Feb 14 2010 15:26:00

An investigation blames the fatal high-speed crash on his error at a turn - not on a track problem

SI.com: David Epstein: Post-tragedy changes bring more controversy to lugeupdated: Sun Feb 14 2010 04:04:00

WHISTLER, British Columbia -- Through protests and tragedies, the Games have always gone on, and it was no different Saturday evening at the luge course in Whistler. The first two runs of the men's competition went on as scheduled, one day after 21-year-old Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili was killed during a training run when he lost control of his sled and hurtled out of the course.

Olympic opening ceremony clouded by luger's deathupdated: Sat Feb 13 2010 19:22:00

The opening ceremony for the 2010 Winter Olympics began on a somber note Friday night as members of the delegation from Georgia mourned the loss of one of their teammates just hours earlier.

Changes coming to Olympic luge track after fatal crashupdated: Sat Feb 13 2010 18:13:00

The luge track on which a Georgian athlete died during an Olympic training run will reopen Saturday after officials found it had no deficiencies, the Vancouver Olympic committee and International Luge Federation said.

Olympic luger dies on track where speed caused concernupdated: Sat Feb 13 2010 18:11:00

The death of a Georgian luge athlete Friday ahead of the opening of the 2010 Winter Olympics occurred amid concerns about the speed of the record-setting track at the Whistler Sliding Center, according to a Georgian official.

SI.com: Richard Deitsch: Daily Olympic Briefing, Feb. 13updated: Sat Feb 13 2010 15:52:00

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- The Games go on, of course. Olympic competition begins in full today, albeit with a somber tone after the death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili, the first Olympic athlete killed during training or competition since the 1964 Innsbruck Games. It's a day with medal hopes for the U.S. in the men's downhill, women's moguls and short-track speedskating.

People.com: Luger Death 'Casts Shadow' Over Olympicsupdated: Sat Feb 13 2010 11:54:00

"This is indeed a sad day," says a top official in announcing an investigation into the practice-run crash

SI.com: Selena Roberts: IOC must substitute thrills for safetyupdated: Sat Feb 13 2010 05:59:00

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The International Olympic Committee's need to push the envelope is sewn into its motto Citius, Altius, Fortius - or swifter, higher, stronger - as if to be swift enough, fast enough or strong enough were a weakness or, at the least, a lame marketing idea. So over the past decade, in an effort to remain edgy, relevant and riveting, the IOC has ratcheted up the drama by going to the extreme, enlisting the hotdog hounds of freestyle skiing and seducing daredevil snowboarders to the Games.

Georgian luger killed in Olympic practice crashupdated: Fri Feb 12 2010 18:43:00

The Winter Olympics has been hit by tragedy after the death of a Georgian competitor following a crash during training for the high-speed luge event -- the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Georgian Embassy have confirmed.

SI.com: Brian Cazeneuve: Previewing luge competition in Vancouverupdated: Wed Feb 10 2010 10:51:00

SI.com's writers will preview each event from the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Here's Brian Cazeneuve's look ahead to luge.

Offbeat Europe: Historic sewers and monk brewersupdated: Fri Dec 07 2007 11:35:00

I know you've all heard of the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen and gondolas in Venice, but what about spelunking the sewers of Paris or quaffing homebrews with German monks? In this second part of a two-part column, I'll fill you in on more of Europe's quirky sights and experiences.

The ecstasy and agony of the Olympicsupdated: Wed Feb 15 2006 03:48:00

Two results within hours of each other at the Torino Games exemplify the dizzying highs and crushing lows of Olympic competition, where one chance at glory comes every four years and can vanish in a heartbeat.

Luger Otto leads new German sweepupdated: Tue Feb 14 2006 13:08:00

Sylke Otto became the second women's luger to win consecutive Olympic golds Tuesday, leading German to another sweep of the podium.

'Sausage' and 'Grandma' out of lugeupdated: Mon Feb 13 2006 08:13:00

Two veterans of the Olympic luge competition -- albeit with vastly different success rates -- have bowed out of the event at the Torino Games.

Olympics: 'Grandma luge' crashes outupdated: Mon Feb 13 2006 06:27:00

In news sure to devastate her legions of fans, Anne Abernathy, the woman known as "Grandma Luge" has pulled out of the Winter Olympics in Torino after succumbing to a wrist injury, organizers said.

Hettich sweeps to combination winupdated: Sat Feb 11 2006 09:40:00

Germany's Georg Hettich gave his country its second gold medal on Saturday by winning the Nordic combined individual event ahead of Austria's Felix Gottwald.

Hackl quitting after Olympic Gamesupdated: Thu Feb 09 2006 12:14:00

Three-times Olympic luge champion Georg Hackl is to retire from the sport after the Torino Games.

Lugeupdated: Tue Jan 31 2006 06:32:00

The oldest sleds yet found were discovered in the Oslo fjord region and date back to 800 AD.

Virus halts the 'speeding sausage'updated: Mon Jan 16 2006 11:28:00

Olympic luge champion Georg Hackl, dubbed the 'speeding sausage', is in hospital with a virus and will miss this month's European Championships, his manager said on Monday.

FSB: Let It Slide A year after the 2002 Winter Games, Utah Olympic Park is open for amateurs to try speed skating, aerial skiing, andupdated: Sat Feb 01 2003 00:01:00

Don't even try to steer," the instructor tells us with a straight face. "On your first few runs, you'll only make things worse." I'm sitting with about 30 other people in the track operations build...

Fortune: COOL SCHOOL DAYS For young skiers, skaters, and lugers, the National Sports Academy is a blast!updated: Fri Feb 01 1991 00:01:00

IT'S EIGHT O'CLOCK IN THE morning, an hour when most high school kids are just beginning to think about first-period class. Steve Reynolds is already in his first ''class'' of the day: He's skiing ...

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