WHISTLER, B.C.—The teammate of the luger from the former Soviet republic of Georgia who was killed in Olympic training has withdrawn from the Vancouver Games.
Levan Gureshidze was on the official start list for the competition that began at the Whistler Sliding Center on Saturday night, a day after teammate Nodar Kumaritashvili died in a training crash.
However, Gureshidze decided not to compete. Earlier, he had missed the morning's training sessions, during which he was seen at the track wearing a black armband.
A moment of silence was held at the track before the start of Saturday's competition in memory of Kumaritashvili, whose photo was displayed on the video scoreboard in the finish-line area.
A Romanian luger diagnosed with a concussion after crashing in a women's training run also withdrew from the Olympics on Saturday. Violeta Stramaturaru was briefly knocked unconscious in a wreck at the Whistler Sliding Centre on Thursday, less than 24 hours before the fatal accident.
Stramaturaru was not seriously injured, Romanian Olympic officials said, but was advised by doctors to withdraw nonetheless.