The family of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili, who fatally crashed on the opening day of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, is in dire financial need. A bank account has been set up for donations from around the world.
Germany has won every Olympics medal in women's luge this century. But their dynasty has come under pressure from US luger Erin Hamlin, who ended Germans' 99-win streak at World Championships last year.
Five elite lugers said Saturday that they were OK with competing the day after Nodar Kumaritashvili's death. But they don't like using the women's start, though it made the track safer. Their comments show how deeply danger is sewn into the fabric of the Winter Olympics.
One day after Nodar Kumaritashvili's fatal crash on the luge track, officials have made several modifications to the run, including the men's starting point.
Lugers will race for gold at the Winter Olympics Saturday, after an investigation that resulted in two additional safety measures for the track. But debate is likely to continue over the Whistler track.