Nodar Kumaritashvili

Biographical information

Full nameNodar•Kumaritashvili
Used nameNodar•Kumaritashvili
Original nameნოდარ•ქუმარიტაშვილი
Born25 November 1988 in Borjomi (GEO)
Died12 February 2010 in Whistler, British Columbia (CAN)
NOC Georgia


Coming from a family of lugers, Nodar Kumaritashvili picked up the sport as a teenager. He débuted in the World Cup in the 2008/2009 season, and the following season he narrowly made the qualification limits for the Vancouver Olympics. In the final turn of his final training run, Kumaritashvili lost control over his sled and was thrown over the course’s boundary. He struck a steel pole with his head and was immediately airlifted to the hospital in Whistler, where Kumaritashvili died of his injuries.

The Opening Ceremony, which was held later that same day, featured a moment of silence to remember Kumaritashvili, and the Georgian team marched in the parade of nations wearing black armbands. The eventual winner of the Olympic luge competition, Germany’s Felix Loch, melted down his gold medal and made part of it into a disk with a portrait of Kumaritashvili, and donated it to his parents. His hometown of Bakuriani renamed the street where he was born in Kumaritashvili’s honor.

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
2010 Winter Olympics Other GEO Nodar Kumaritashvili

Olympic family relations

Special Notes