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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Winter Olympics: Luger’s body returned to hometown in Georgia

Associated Press

BAKURIANI, Georgia — The body of the Georgian luger killed in a practice run at the Olympics has been returned to his hometown in the Caucasus Mountains for burial.

Nodar Kumaritashvili is to be interred Saturday at a churchyard in Bakuriani, a small town that is one of Georgia’s most popular winter sports areas.
The 21-year-old died Friday in a crash during training at the Olympic luge track in Whistler, British Columbia.
Kumaritashvili’s body, in a flag-draped coffin, arrived at the Georgian capital’s airport before dawn Wednesday, met by relatives and onlookers.
“He was a great man, he had a great parents and now they are devastated,” said an aunt, Mzia Tibilov.