This is Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili crashing after hitting Turn 16 on the Olympic luge course in Vancouver earlier today. His body flew off the track after hitting the wall of the course and collided with an unpadded steel beam. He died from his injuries.
And some of you will be wanting to see the video, which NBC and the IOC have been pulling down rather steadily; the best I could find that’s still up is after the jump. The Georgian team may withdraw from the games entirely, which seems a bit rash, even out of respect for the fallen friend. This makes me sad; I’ve had the privilege of meeting a few Georgians and they’re a kind, proud people, you know, unlike us.