The 2010 Winter Olympics got off to a heartbreaking start with the accidental death of 21-year old luger Nodar Kumaritashvili. In all honesty, I knew nothing about the young athlete before today and luge is not a sport I follow, but that doesn't make his death any less tragic.
My heart goes out to the athletes from the Republic of Georgia. After all the chaos caused by the brutal conflict with Russia in 2008, these athletes likely represented a new hope for the country. For that to end even before the Winter Games officially start is just cruel. His family and friends must be in terrible pain right now, especially since he, like all the Olympic athletes, worked so hard to get to Vancouver.
My thoughts and prayers are with the Georgian athletes and Kumaritashvili's family.