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Fatal Luge Crash Video and A History Lesson of Luge Deaths

Fatal luge crash video and a history lesson of luge deaths.  The fatal luge crash video featuring the death of 21 year old Olympic hopeful Nodar Kumaritashvili has been circulating for the last 24 hours.  The brutality of his death has lead to a lot of questions for those who aren’t familiar with the sport of luging.  Given the viral status of the video, here is a history lesson over luge crashes.

The sport of luging was first introduced in 1883, and the term “luge” has been used since1905. The sport has roots in Switzerland.  At first, it was a recreational sport played in resort towns. In 1964 it was introduced to the Olympics.  During the inaugural year, a British luger was the first to die in preparation for the Olympics.

Since then, no lugers have died at the Olympics or Olympic training events other than 21 year old Nodar Kumaritashvili.  However, as can be seen below in the YouTube video – crashes are very common in this winter sport.  Of course, where there’s ice and speed there are likely to be problems.

Below is a series of luge crashes arranged on a YouTube video.  If you want to see the Nodar Kumaritashvili death video CLICK HERE.

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