Nodar Kumaritashvili

1988 - 2010

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Nodar Kumaritashvili (Georgian: ნოდარ ქუმარიტაშვილი; pronounced [nɔdar kʰumaritʼaʃvili]; 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 eighth athlete to die as a result of Olympic competition or during practice at their sport’s venue at an 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 Soviet 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nodar Kumaritashvili has received more than 839,263 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia. Nodar Kumaritashvili is the 1,216th most popular athlete (down from 791st in 2019), the 211th most popular biography from Georgia (down from 141st in 2019) and the 6th most popular Georgian Athlete.

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Among athletes, Nodar Kumaritashvili ranks 1,216 out of 3,055Before him are Tatyana Lysenko, Ivana Španović, Laura Dahlmeier, Stefan Lövgren, Lyubov Gurina, and Frank-Peter Roetsch. After him are Kenny Harrison, Sim Iness, Ralf Schumann, Lynn Davies, Tatyana Kolpakova, and Mariya Lasitskene.

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Among people born in 1988, Nodar Kumaritashvili ranks 232Before him are Alexandr Dolgopolov, Joe Cole, Alma, Christine and the Queens, Federica Pellegrini, and DeAndre Jordan. After him are Maicon Pereira Roque, Moestafa El Kabir, Hahm Eun-jung, David Rudisha, Thierry Neuville, and Alexey Shved. Among people deceased in 2010, Nodar Kumaritashvili ranks 373Before him are Lamont Johnson, Wally Hickel, Orlando Zapata, Larry Evans, Barbara Billingsley, and Teena Marie. After him are Massamasso Tchangai, Frances Reid, Sławomir Skrzypek, Shoya Tomizawa, Wilma Mankiller, and Ksenija Pajčin.

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In Georgia

Among people born in Georgia, Nodar Kumaritashvili ranks 211 out of 292Before him are Irakli Garibashvili (1982), Nika Gilauri (1975), Lado Gurgenidze (1970), Georgi Kinkladze (1973), Zurab Azmaiparashvili (1960), and Leila Meskhi (1968). After him are Nino Salukvadze (1969), Irakli Okruashvili (1973), Diana Gurtskaya (1978), Kakhaber Tskhadadze (1968), Grigol Mgaloblishvili (1973), and Giorgi Latso (1978).

Among ATHLETES In Georgia

Among athletes born in Georgia, Nodar Kumaritashvili ranks 6Before him are Robert Shavlakadze (1933), Viktor Saneyev (1945), Rafael Chimishkyan (1929), Medea Jugeli (1925), and Keto Losaberidze (1949). After him are Nino Salukvadze (1969), Lasha Talakhadze (1993), Vladimer Aptsiauri (1962), Giorgi Asanidze (1975), and Hanna Melnychenko (1983).