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Kumaritashvili's death remembered by IOC

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Associated Press

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- The International Olympic Committee plans to commemorate Nodar Kumaritashvili's life with "a lasting memorial" in his native Georgia.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams says officials remain in regular contact with Kumaritashvili's family. The luger died four years ago Wednesday in Whistler, British Columbia, in a training accident hours before the official opening of the Vancouver Games.

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Adams says flowers are being laid Wednesday at that track.

IOC president Thomas Bach joined International Luge Federation officials Wednesday for a moment of silence at a meeting of that group's executive board near the Sanki Sliding Center, the site of luge, bobsled and skeleton at the Sochi Olympics.

The Sanki track was built with safety in mind after Kumaritashvili's death. The Sochi Games have not yet had a major crash in training or competition.

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