Olympic luger talked about his fears of course the day before he died

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 15, 2010 11:15 am

In a heartbreaking interview with ABC News on Monday, David Kumaritashvili, the father of the luger who was killed Friday, said that he was scared of one of the turns on the luge track.  Nodar Kumartitashvili’s father said that he tried to encourage his son during a phone conversation they had on Thursday, as he was a luger as well back in the Soviet era.  He told him to “brake,brake, don’t risk it,” but his son replied “No Dad, I will risk it, what will be will be.”  As a result of Kumaritashvili’s accident, the start of the men’s luge was moved back 600 feet and a wooden wall was built to cover the row of steel beams that he hit while he was going almost 90 mph.  

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