Georgia: Death of Nodar Kumaritashvili
Acting Deputy Department Spokesman
On behalf of the Department of State, we wish to express our sympathy and solidarity with the people of Georgia upon the death of Nodar Kumaritashvili. Nodar’s bright future as a luge athlete for the Georgian national Olympic team was tragically cut short yesterday afternoon during a practice run for his upcoming competition in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. We extend our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Nodar Kumaritashvili. The United States stands with Georgia as it mourns the loss of a great Olympic athlete.