Luger dies hours before Olympic games begin

March 2, 2010 0

Shortly before last Friday’s opening ceremony, the Olympic city of Vancouver was hit hard with the news that an athlete had died while practicing in one of the venues. Georgian Nodar Kumaritashvili was killed during a luging accident.

Shaun White earns gold in men's halfpipe finals

March 2, 2010 0

On the sixth day of the Olympics, spectators crowded onto Cypress Mountain just outside of Vancouver to witness the men’s snowboarding halfpipe finals. Twelve men from six different countries had posted scores good enough to earn them a chance at gold. The name on everyone’s mind, however, was Shaun White.

History of the Olympics

February 18, 2010 0

Despite tragedy just hours before the opening ceremonies of the 21st Olympic Games; tradition carried on in Vancouver, Canada.

The first Olympic Games can be traced back as far as 776 B.C. They were dedicated to the Olympian gods but banned in 393 A.D. when Emperor Theodosius prohibited all pagan cults.

2010 Winter Olympic Games

February 18, 2010 4

The 2010 Winter Olympic Games began with tragedy. Nodar Kumaritashvili, a luger from Georgia, died in an accident while practicing.

The track Kumaritashvili was practicing on has the longest drop of all luge courses at 152 meters. He was going 90 mph when he lost control of his sled, flew over a wall, and was thrown into a metal support beam. He was knocked unconscious immediately, given CPR and was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Shaun White poised to take gold in Vancouver

January 28, 2010 1

Although snowboarding has only been an Olympic sport since the 1998 Winter Games, many are familiar with the sport’s star, Shaun White. An announcement Monday, January 25 confirmed that White will compete in the 2010 winter games held in Vancouver, B.C.