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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Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn will take on slalom today at the Aspen World Cup stop, airing today at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and stream on NBC Sports Live Extra at the same time.
Shiffrin is seeking her first win on U.S. snow; all of her first place finishes have come from European venues. She has 14 slalom World Cup titles and winning one more would tie her with France’s Perrine Pelen for sixth overall for total slalom World Cup victories.
Vonn can only increase her record World Cup wins – she has the most at 67 wins, and only Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark has more at 86 men’s wins. Of all her titles, the fewest have come from slalom at two.
Yesterday, both Vonn and Shiffrin suffered crashes in grand slalom races.
Before missing the downhill World Cup last year due to injury, Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway won the title in 2012-13 and 2013-14. Today, he may become just the eighth man to win this World Cup title at least three times, but he faces competition from countryman Kjetil Jansrud, who won last year’s title in Svindal’s absence.
The World Cup men’s downhill at Lake Louise is streaming today at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Live Extra.
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