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Nodar Kumaritashvili, a 21-year-old luger from the former Soviet republic of Georgia, has died from head injuries as a result of a horrific crash near the finish line, according to the Toronto Sun.

Kumaritashvili was traveling close to 90 mph when he hit a wall, catapulted into the air, and hit an unpadded steel pole.

Medics rushed to his aid, performed chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, and, within eight minutes, he was emergency air-lifted to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. He died around noon, PST.

This crash will obviously hang a dark cloud over the Olympics' Opening Ceremonies, but the bigger picture of this just-barely-turned-21-year-old's death should now be addressed—was his death preventable?

Prior to Kumaritashvili's crash, Romanian luger Violeta Stramaturaru had crashed into several walls and was unconscious for a short time—she appears to have no serious side effects. But the criticisms of this track—the world's fastest—had already begun.

Australia's Hannah Campbell-Pegg addressed her concerns to the media on Thursday, and she didn't sugar-coat her feelings.

"I think they a...

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