Athletes had voiced concerns over track

Updated: February 12, 2010, 7:21 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- For weeks leading up to the Olympics, a major concern for bobsledders, lugers and skeleton riders beyond their competition has been the formidable reputation of the Whistler track, generally considered the fastest sliding track in the world.

Hours before the opening ceremonies Friday, athletes' concerns over the track were brought into the spotlight when 21-year-old luger Nodar Kumaritashvili of the former Soviet republic of Georgia died after a crash ...

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