February 12, 2010
Earlier today, Georgian luge athlete Nodar Kumaritashvili died following a tragic training accident at the Whistler Sliding Centre.
On behalf of the people of Vancouver, I would like to express our profound sadness and heartfelt condolences to Mr. Kumaritashvili's family, friends, teammates, and the people of Georgia who are all dealing with this sudden and tragic loss.
Over the past few days, I have been moved by the incredible spirit of peace, sport and friendship the Olympic Torch Relay and the 2010 Winter Games have brought to our city. The 2010 Winter Games has become home to hundreds of thousands of athletes, officials and visitors from around the world, and we all feel the loss of this young athlete deeply.