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Nodar Kumaritashvili suffered a fatal crash during a training run

After 25 previous attempts, 15 of them from the men's start, Kumaritashvili was fatally injured in a crash during his final training run, after losing control in the penultimate turn of the course, being thrown off his luge and over the sidewall of the track, and striking an unprotected steel support pole at the end of the run.


The XXI Olympic Winter Games open in Vancouver

The event was officially opened by Governor General Michaëlle Jean, representative of Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada. The opening ceremony was dedicated by the Vancouver Organizing Committee to Nodar Kumaritashvili, a Georgian luger who died earlier in the day in a training run. An audience of 61,600 were in attendance at the venue.


North and South Korea form a joint team for table tennis

The Unification Flag is a flag designed to represent all of Korea when North and South Korea participate as one team in sporting events. The flag was first used when the two countries competed as a single team in the 41st World Table Tennis Championships in Chiba, Japan.


Basketball player Bill Russell is born

William Felton Russell is an American retired professional basketball player. He was born to Charles Russell and Katie Russell in West Monroe, Louisiana. When Russell was eight years old, his father moved the family out of Louisiana and settled in Oakland, California.

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