With Glowing (and Heavy) Hearts


It was a day of very mixed emotions up at Whistler. Excitement definitely filled the air this morning, as we eagerly counted down the final few hours to the start of the Opening Ceremonies and unveiling of the final Torch Bearer.

The mood became quite sombre by mid-day with word of an accident at the Whistler Sliding Centre. Twenty-one year old Georgian athlete, Nodar Kumaritashvili, was fatally injured during the final training session in the last corner of the track. The images of Nodar’s accident were difficult to watch, but also necessary from my perspective. Necessary because the Games will continue, with many celebrations including the fabulous Opening Ceremonies this evening. Nodar’s memory was honoured by the IOC, VANOC, his Georgian teammates and the 60,000 spectators at the Ceremonies.

I just want to add my thoughts and prayers for this young man’s family and teammates, to the outpouring of emotion that his fatal accident has generated.

I added the following picture the next day – one of many tributes to a young life taken too soon:

Tribute to Nodar Kumaritashvili - Whistler Town Plaza

Tribute to Nodar Kumaritashvili - Whistler Town Plaza

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