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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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Canadians celebrate men's hockey winupdated: Mon Mar 01 2010 11:03:00

Thousands of Canadians turned the streets of Vancouver into rivers of red on Sunday in jubilant celebration of the country's Olympic gold-medal win in men's ice hockey.

Canadians celebrate goldupdated: Mon Mar 01 2010 11:03:00

Fans celebrate as Canada wins the gold in men's hockey, defeating the U.S. 3-2 in overtime.

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.

SI.com: David Epstein: Several bobsled teams crash in training runsupdated: Fri Feb 19 2010 12:57:00

WHISTLER, British Columbia -- The controversial track at the Whistler Sliding Centre -- where Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili died in a crash last Friday -- was again stirring debate after seven bobsleds crashed on the first day of two-man training. But despite the requests of some athletes and coaches, course officials say they have no plans to adjust the ice on the track.

SI.com: Alexander Wolff: Gaffes galore at the Glitch Gamesupdated: Thu Feb 18 2010 00:45:00

I want to be careful how I say this, lest I come off as an arrogant American casting stones from a house of crystal. For the fact is, the U.S. has staged two of the least satisfying Olympics ever: The 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta, a festival of tastelessness that had all the atmosphere of spring break; and the 1980 Winter Games, which made "organized by Lake Placid" a gag line among international sports officials and press for years. But the list of glitches at these Olympics, already long, grew by two on Tuesday.

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: 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

People.com: Vancouver Winter Olympics Open After Tragedyupdated: Sun Feb 14 2010 10:26:00

The Games were dedicated to a luger from the republic of Georgia who died in practice

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.

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

Olympic athlete's death leaves 'shadow' on Games, IOC chief saysupdated: Fri Feb 12 2010 21:33:00

The death of a luger Friday cast a pall over the Olympics just hours before the caldron-lighting ceremony that would officially begin 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.

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