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Nodar Kumaritashvili’s nephew will be trained in luge

David Kumaritashvili

FOR STORY GEORGIA LUGER - In this photo taken Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, David Kumaritashvili, father of the Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili killed during a training run at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, holds a helmet bearing a portrait of his son in his son’s room at home in Bakuriani, Georgia. David Kumaritashvili laments that his country will have no one competing in the luge event when the games get under way next month in nearby Sochi. His son, Nodar Kumaritashvili, died when he lost control of his sled at nearly 145 kph (90 mph), flew off course and slammed into a steel pole. He was 21 and preparing to compete in his first Olympics halfway around the world in Vancouver, Canada. (AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov)


Georgia will not send a luger to Sochi, but the nephew of the athlete killed during a training run at the 2010 Olympics is set to follow in his footsteps.

Nodar Kumaritashvili died on the day of the Opening Ceremony four years ago after he lost control of his sled traveling about 90 mph, flew off course and crashed. He was 21 and set to be a first-time Olympian.

His father, David, is still loyal to the sport, with his 1 1/2-year old grandson and Kumaritashvili’s nephew to continue a family tradition.

“At 3 we’ll start training him,” Kumaritashvili said, according to The Associated Press.

David competed for the Soviet Union. Another Kumaritashvili had founded the sport in Georgia. Niyako is the son of Kumaritashvili’s sister.

“I am certain that he will continue our luging dynasty,” David said.

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