Georgian luge hopeful Nodar Kumaritashvili was killed Friday in a crash after flying off the Olympic track in Whistler, Canada during a training run, the Toronto Sun reported.
The 21-year-old, who was knocked unconscious, was immediately placed on a stretcher before he was taken away in an ambulance.
“Georgian slider Nodar Kumaritashvili has had a serious crash in the final run of official training for the men’s singles on Friday,” said an official statement.
“The 21-year-old fell out of the track when he crashed. He was treated onsite by medical staff who administered CPR and was then taken away in an ambulance.”
The Globe and Mail newspaper reported Kumaritashvili was “near the bottom and fastest part of the track when he hit one side of the wall, crashed into the other, and was then thrown off his sled and over the wall. He appeared to hit a metal pole on the side of the track after he was thrown over the wall.”