The death of Georgian Olympic Luge slider Nodar Kumaritashvili while practicing at the Whistler Sliding Center north of Vancouver, Canada, highlights the dangers of the sport of Luge. Such deadly incidents are a rare occurrence during an Olympic games, and underscore the importance of safety for all athletes in competition. As VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports, Kumaritashvilli's death could have far reaching implications for all Olympic events that utilize an icy sliding course.
Uploaded on Jan 11, 2013
Incredible Olympic highlights of the luge event at the Grenoble 1968 Winter Olympic Games as the East German and Austrian competitors battle it out for gold in the singles and doubles competitions.
The winter sport of luge made its debut as an Olympic sport at the Innsbruck 1964 Olympic Winter Games.
Four years later, in Grenoble, Austrian athlete Manfred Schmid won the singles competition and took the gold medal beating Thomas Kölher from East Germany by only 0.18 seconds. Klaus Bonsack, also from East Germany finished in third place.
In the doubles competition, Kölher and Bonsack took the top place on the podium by beating Manfred Schmid who now teamed up with Ewald Walch. Taking the bronze medal was the West German duo with Wolfgang Winkler and Fritz Nachmann.