Nodar Kumaritashvili (Georgian: ????? ?????????????; pronounced [n?dar k?umarit'a?vili]; 25 November 1988 – 12 February 2010) was a Georgian luge athlete who suffered a fatal crash during a training run for the 2010 Winter Olympics competition in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, on the day of the opening ceremony.
He became the fourth athlete to die during preparations for a Winter Olympics, and the seventh athlete to die in either a Summer or Winter Olympic Games.
Kumaritashvili, who first began to participate in luge when he was 13, came from a family of seasoned lugers: his grandfather had introduced the sport to the Soviet republic of Georgia, and both his father and uncle had competed when they were younger, with his uncle later serving as the head of the Georgian Luge Federation.
Kumaritashvili himself began competing in the 2008–09 Luge World Cup.
He had also been a student at the Georgian Technical University, where he earned an economics degree in 2009.