The Georgian luge competitor killed in an Olympic Games training crash was being laid to rest today.
Far from the euphoria of events in Vancouver, mourners gathered in Nodar Kumaritashvili’s home town to pay their final respects.
The 21-year-old died in training at the lightning-quick Whistler Sliding Centre, just hours before the Games opened.
At his family home in Bakuriani, the young athlete’s team-mates paid a final farewell alongside his loved ones and President Mikheil Saakashvili. He says Georgia will build a sliding centre and name it after the luger.
Organisers of the Olympics put his death down to human error. Many of those close to Kumaritashvili disagree, blaming the design of the course.