The 2010 Vancouver Olympics started on a shockingly horrific and sad note when Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili was thrown from his sled and killed on the first day of the Games. His death is still hard to fathom, and the world has been mourning the loss.
Well wishers set up a shrine by the giant Olympic rings in Whistler Village, where everyone can stop to honor Kumaritashvili. Anchored by a flag, the site is strewn with pins, flowers and other gifts, and there’s a book for anyone to write notes to Kumaritashvili and his family.
Although it is still a sad reminder of what happened at these Games, the shrine’s placement and popularity is a testament to the beauty of humanity. The Olympics aren’t just a big party or even a giant sports festival. They’re a celebration of unity, love and life.